London (AP) – The UK travel industry staged a day of action on Wednesday, allowing the UK government to travel without quarantine and pressured underfunded companies to provide the coveted financial support. ..
Hundreds of industry workers, including travel agencies, pilots and flight attendants from airlines such as British Airways and easyJet, gathered outside London’s parliament. There were other protests in Edinburgh and Belfast.
Derek Jones, director of luxury travel agency Quoni, said the overseas travel industry has âdeclinedâ due to the coronavirus pandemic and the government’s âunforeseenâ response.
âWe are in a message today,â he said. “We want a safe resumption of international travel, with targeted financial support for companies that have not been able to trade for over a year.”
According to the trade association ABTA, around 195,000 jobs have been lost and more jobs are at risk in the sector.
One demand from this sector is that the government increase the number of countries on the so-called âgreen listâ. This will allow you to travel without quarantine when you return to the UK. Popular holiday destinations in Europe are not on the list. There are only 11 countries and territories on the list.
“There is evidence and data for governments to make transparent policy decisions, and future reviews will discuss how and when to safely relax travel and vaccination restrictions and recovered passengers between countries to low risk. This needs to be clarified, âsaid the British Airways representatives committee.
The government plans to update the traffic light system in the coming days, but few changes are expected. There is speculation that the popular Balearic Islands of Malta and Spain, including Mallorca and Ibiza, could be added to the list.
Malta and Spain are now on the âorange listâ alongside other popular summer hot spots such as Portugal, Italy, Greece and the United States. Those returning from these places will need a 10-day home quarantine period.
The industry has accused the government of undermining the system by encouraging people to avoid vacations to places on the Amber List.
There is a debate within the government as to whether people fully vaccinated against the virus should be able to travel without quarantine if returning from one of the Amber List countries. ..
UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the government had provided unprecedented financial support and expressed hope that “the world may soon open up”.
“I am optimistic about how the world is going with our immunization program,” he said.
One of the problems facing this sector is that infections in the UK are on the rise, while they are declining in most parts of Europe. Government statistics on Wednesday showed 16,135 new infections, the highest daily infection rate since February 6. Mainland government is breaking tougher restrictions on people arriving from Britain
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