says flights and holidays to be suspended until late June

Friday, 9th April 2021, 10:46 am
A low cost carrier Boeing 737-800 landing at Thessaloniki Makedonia airport (Photo: Shutterstock) will extend its suspension of flights and holidays up to June 23 due to the “lack of clarity and detail” in the Government’s plan on how foreign travel will resume.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced that a travel traffic light system would be introduced to categorise countries based on risk.

However, he refused to confirm whether foreign holidays will be permitted from May 17.

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‘We are extremely disappointed at the lack of clarity and detail’

Chief executive Steve Heapy said: "We have taken time to study the Global Travel Taskforce's framework, and we are extremely disappointed at the lack of clarity and detail.

"After several weeks exploring how to restart international travel, with substantial assistance and input from the industry, the framework lacks any rigorous detail about how to get international travel going again.

“In fact, the framework is virtually the same as six months ago.

"Following the publication of the framework today, we still do not know when we can start to fly, where we can fly to and the availability and cost of testing.

“Rather than answering questions, the framework leaves everyone asking more."

He added: "Because of the continued uncertainty that the framework provides, it is with a heavy heart that we have taken the decision to extend the suspension of flights and holidays up to and including 23rd June 2021."