UK airlines response to travel corridor countries announcement

July 6th, 2020

Responding to the announcement by the Government on the countries with which the UK will open a travel corridor, Tim Alderslade, CEO of Airlines UK, the industry association representing UK-registered carriers, said:

“It’s a very welcome announcement and we’re pleased UK airlines will be able to re-start services to many key markets in time for peak summer travel. This gives a clear path to opening further predominantly long-haul destinations in the weeks ahead, and we look forward to working with Ministers on measures to mitigate the risk from red countries such as via voluntary testing.

“There’s no doubt quarantine has had a devastating impact on our industry and whilst it’s welcome the Government has removed its blanket ban we would encourage rigour and science is applied in all future decisions surrounding our businesses. Aviation is vital to our economy – and the huge increase in bookings over the past few days proves our customers are keen to get travelling again.”