Travel resumes

Scots left waiting as England gets holiday go-ahead

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Travel plans have been outlined

Holidaymakers and the travel industry were today offered the first confirmation for reopening the sector amid continuing concern over the lack of detail.

Foreign travel will resume from 17 May, though the “traffic light” grading system based on Covid risk, is only confirmed for England. Travel sector leaders hope Scotland will follow suit after meetings next week.

Passengers will have to take Covid tests before leaving and on returning – even from low-risk “green” countries.

There will also be a watch list for countries that could go from green to amber.

The travel industry has expressed concern about the government’s testing requirements, warning it could make holidays unaffordable for many travellers.

Holiday and travel stocks fell as the industry and consumers were confused over testing and how the traffic light system will work.

Danni Hewson, finance analyst at AJ Bell said there were market falls for TUI, On the Beach, Jet 2 and IAG following the publication of the government’s report into foreign travel.

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Holiday group Jet2 cancelled all of its flights and holidays until 23 June, blaming the government for the “uncertainty” surrounding the travel industry.

In a statement, chief executive Steve Heapy said: “We are trying to run a business so that we can take customers away, but we need the Government to provide us with clarity to achieve this.”

Mr Heapy added: “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.”

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