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Airlines UK acts as a collective voice for the UK airline industry in the media, issuing comments and press releases, as well as providing spokespeople and meeting interview requests.

Airlines respond to Government announcement on international travel – “a positive move towards the genuine reopening the sector has been looking for”

Commenting on the Government announcement made today on international travel, Tim Alderslade, CEO of Airlines UK, the industry body representing UK-registered carriers, said: “This is a positive move towards the genuine reopening the sector has been looking for. Opening up the market for the rest of the summer, this announcement will provide far greater opportunities to travel, do business and see […]

July 8th, 2021

UK Airlines Respond to Government Update to International Travel Restrictions

Commenting on the Government announcement made today on international travel, Tim Alderslade, CEO of Airlines UK, the industry body representing UK-registered carriers, said: “If implemented immediately, this decision will go some way to saving the summer season for our passengers desperate for a family holiday. A vague commitment to ‘next month’ is nothing like ambitious […]

June 25th, 2021

Airlines respond to Portugal international travel announcement – “a decision that just adds to the belief that Ministers don’t actually want international travel this summer, and want to cut off the UK from the rest of the world”

Commenting on the decision to remove Portugal from the international travel Green list, Tim Alderslade, CEO of Airlines UK, the industry body representing UK-registered carriers, said: “This is a fresh body blow for families desperate to get away and see their loved ones this summer, and the hundreds of thousands of people who work in […]

June 3rd, 2021

It’s time to get Britain flying again, say aviation, travel and tourism CEOs in new letter to the PM

It’s time to get Britain flying again, say aviation, travel and tourism CEOs in new letter to the PM Travel leaders urge the Prime Minister to follow the science and the Government’s stated policy having moved the goal posts in recent weeks CEO’s warn that the UK is already falling behind the rest of the world and risks throwing away […]

May 26th, 2021

Airlines respond to international travel announcement – “a missed opportunity and a reopening in name only”

Commenting on the latest announcement on the reopening of international travel, Tim Alderslade, CEO of Airlines UK, the industry body representing UK-registered carriers, said: “This is a missed opportunity and with so few countries making it onto the Green list represents a reopening of air travel in name only.   “By contrast the EU has said vaccinated people will be able […]

May 7th, 2021

UK airlines welcome EU announcement on reopening international travel & urge UK to follow suit in recognising game-changing vaccination rollout

Commenting on the announcement by the European Commission that vaccinated passengers will be able to travel to the EU this summer, Tim Alderslade, CEO of Airlines UK, the industry body representing UK-registered carriers, said: “This is an extremely important announcement that will pave the way for the reopening of the EU’s tourism and travel industry […]

May 3rd, 2021

UK airlines respond to Global Travel Taskforce report publication

Commenting on the publication of the Global Travel Taskforce report, Tim Alderslade, CEO of Airlines UK, the industry body representing UK-registered carriers, said: “This does not represent a reopening of travel as promised by Ministers, and the insistence on expensive and unnecessary PCR testing rather than rapid testing – even for low-risk countries – will […]

April 9th, 2021

UK airlines respond to PM statement on resumption of international travel – “does not provide the clarity we were seeking on the roadmap back towards normality”

Commenting on the latest announcement from the Prime Minister on the resumption of international travel, Tim Alderslade, CEO of Airlines UK, the industry body representing UK-registered carriers, said: “Whilst we support the establishment of a framework for restarting international travel and welcome the removal of self-isolation for arrivals from green countries, today’s announcement does not provide […]

April 5th, 2021

£26bn cash injection for UK economy up for grabs with a reopening of international travel this summer

£26bn cash injection for UK economy up for grabs with a reopening of international travel this summer New report details massive opportunity for the UK economy through trade and tourism so long as current restrictions on air travel are eased this summer Report makes clear the urgent need for the Global Travel Taskforce to recommend […]

March 28th, 2021

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