Due to the pandemic and the constant changes to the government’s travel rules, an aviation chief has warned that tens of thousands of jobs are at risk.
Placing France on the amber plus list was a “total disaster” which rocked “consumer confidence” and there are now fears Italy and Spain could also be placed on the list which will affect millions of holidaymakers.
Airlines UK chief executive, Tim Alderslade told Time Radio, “If you’ve been fully vaccinated, or you’re coming from a green country, there is not the need for a PCR test upon arrival when you’ve already done a pre-departure test.
“But we’ve somehow got to find a way of using the vaccine dividend that we built up, using the fact that case numbers are relatively stable, using the fact that when people come in to this country, the positivity rate, once they’re tested, is only 0.4%, so air travel is not a dangerous activity if you look at the numbers to try to get more countries on that green list.
“Because of the way the government has looked at things over the past couple of weeks with the France decision, which was a total disaster in terms of consumer confidence because people now think with amber, there’s a good chance that whether there’s a watch list or not, that they will be stranded, and that is a real dampener in terms of bookings.
“We’ve now only got six to eight weeks until the end of the summer, and tens of thousands of jobs are under threat in the travel and aviation sector.”