Aviation businesses and holiday organisations have condemned the government’s refusal to commit to opening up international travel.
In an Easter Monday announcement from Downing Street, the prime minister said it was too early to say if overseas leisure travel could be permitted from mid-May, which had previously been the government’s intention.
Boris Johnson’s announcement was accompanied by an official review of progress on the roadmap that warned against booking foreign holidays.
The review says: “The government hopes people will be able to travel to and from the UK to take a summer holiday this year, but it is still too soon to know what is possible.”
Karen Dee, chief executive of the Airport Operators’ Association said: “It is disappointing that the initial update from the prime minister continues to suggest significant barriers to international travel and may push back the date of restart beyond 17 May.
“Any prolonged closure of UK airports’ key destinations in Europe in particular will have major financial impacts.”
Tim Alderslade, chief executive of the industry body Airlines UK, said the announcement “does not provide the clarity we were seeking on the roadmap back towards normality”…