The travel sector are strongly urging the government to reopen the industry and provide tailored financial support.
Travel bosses are calling on the government to reopen the sector and provide tailored financial support during a day of action today.
Travel chiefs want MPs to open up the green lis and for those who are fully vaccinated remove testing and quarantine requirements for those travellers returning from green and amber locations.
According to the industry body Abta, there has been an estimated 195,000 jobs in the sector which have been lost during the pandemic or are at risk.
Abta have said today there will be an estimated 800 people, including travel agents, pilots and cabin crew, who will gather outside the Palace of Westminster.
Paul Naylor, the executive president of pilots’ union BALPA, told Sky News it would be “frankly disastrous” if the government does not drop the amber list.
He said that the travel industry has been “very resilient,” but warned of job losses.
Naylor added, “It does really need to change.”
Tim Alderslade, the chief executive of Airlines UK said, “It is now or never for the Government to reopen travel and save what is remaining of the summer season, not just for families desperate to get away but the tens of thousands of jobs which rely upon this once thriving sector.”
Mark Tanzer, chief executive of travel trade organisation Abta said that they want to know what analysis the government undertook over the impact on the travel rules.
Tanzer was asked at the Travel Matters conference whether Abta could sue the government, he said, “We’re looking at whether or not that is an avenue that we can pursue.
“The hurdle for suing the government is high but we think at least the government needs to say, did it measure the impact on the travel sector of its own policies, and if it did, did it then decide that the sector nonetheless wasn’t worthy of support.”
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