UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson says it will be a tough year for the travel industry as he played down rumours that a widespread relaxation of travel restrictions was being considered.
Johnson told the UK press that it was going to be a difficult year “whatever happens” during the next stage of the pandemic, but added that the Government is looking at the possibility of introducing exemptions for those who have been fully vaccinated.
"There will be hassle, there will be delays, I am afraid, because the priority has got to be to keep the country safe and stop the virus coming back in,” he told Sky News.
Aviation and Travel Industry pressure UK government for transparency
Unsurprisingly, the tourism industry isn’t very happy and the British Airline Pilots' Association (BALPA) is calling on colleagues from the aviation and travel industry to take part in a Travel Day of Action this Wednesday (23 June).
They hope to put pressure on the UK government to reopen US routes and allow citizens to enjoy European holiday travel destinations this summer and are asking for transparency from the government over how it decides which countries are given a green, amber and red classification in its traffic light system.
Just yesterday ITIJ reported that British families may be able to look forward to a holiday in Europe again by the end of July. Meanwhile, the majority of Europeans are expecting to travel abroad this summer, with France and Italy leading the way to the beaches, according to the latest Europ Assistance Holiday Barometer.