UK airlines comment on new international travel legislation

March 23rd, 2021

Responding to new Government legislation covering international travel, Tim Alderslade, Chief Executive of Airlines UK, the industry association representing UK-registered carriers, said:

“Nothing has changed with this legislation, the Government has been clear all along that it will report on 12 April its intent to restart international travel from 17 May, and airlines are busy working with Ministers through the Global Travel Taskforce to set out the criteria and framework that will enable this to happen safely. A tiered system, based on risk and adaptable to changing circumstances with the virus, means travel can resume this summer, and all our focus will remain on agreeing the structure that can make this a reality.”  


The Secretary of State has the power to review the need for the legislation from 12 April onwards to restart travel. It says he will do so on 12 April and must do so at least once every 35 days from them.