After the Greek Government announced its plans to extend its ban on arrivals from both Sweden and the UK, planning to now lift it on 15 July, UK airlines including Ryanair, easyJet, TUI and British Airways have all had to cancel flights to the destination. And this has raised concerns for some over other destinations doing the same.
“The conversations with overseas countries, as Greece has demonstrated, is a two-way decision,” said TUI’s Managing Director Andrew Flintham in conversation with Radio 4’s Today programme. “So I think there are still going to be a few bumps in the road and I still think there will be some countries that won’t be opening up – which means we’ll have to cancel a few more holidays, but hopefully not as many as we’ve been cancelling.”
Flintham also called upon the UK Government to give some clarification over air bridges that would be formed. And it’s since been reported that the UK Government may be scrapping the plan for air bridges, and is instead due to release a list of 75 countries with whom travel will be allowed, quarantine-free – although this will be dependent on whether or not the destinations have reported low rates of Covid-19