UK airlines respond to Global Travel Taskforce report publication

April 9th, 2021

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 pose an unsustainable burden on passengers, making travel unviable and unaffordable for many people. It is also a further setback for an industry on its knees and the UK’s wider economic recovery, with many businesses and exporters reliant upon our domestic and international connectivity and a thriving aviation sector. 

“All the evidence suggests you can reopen travel safely and in a risk-based manner with more proportionate measures, and we urge Government to work with industry on a faster, cheaper and less complex solution”.