British Airways and travel agencies are planning to set up an “action day” on Wednesday, which will put pressure on governments that discourage the UK from travelling to popular destinations such as Croatia to relax restrictions before the holiday season.
Travel agencies that had no income during the covida-19 pandemic are eager to avoid missing the summer due to the coronavirus. However, the UK currently imposes strict travel restrictions, which continue to make it more difficult for them to conduct business.
Europe’s largest airline Ryanair and Manchester Airport Group launched a legal process on Thursday to force the government to relax measures before the peak tourist season in July.
Pilots, airlines and travel agency employees will gather in Westminster in central London and airports across the country on Wednesday, June 23, to put additional pressure on the authorities.
As of Sunday, data from the BALPA Pilots Union showed that the British aviation industry has been hit harder by the pandemic than the rest of Europe.
Compared with the period before the pandemic, the number of arrivals and departures from the United Kingdom fell by 73% this month, the largest decline in Europe. Spain, France and Greece are 60%.
The British Attorney General told the BBC that the government must strike a balance between allowing travel abroad and the danger of introducing new variants of the virus into Britain.
Susan Hopkins, the head of public health in the UK, said that Britons should spend a holiday in their country this year.
On the other hand, BALPA warned that time for transportation and tourism is running out.
“There is no time to dodge the working group and the evaluation,” said Brian Strutton, the union secretary.
Airlines have repeatedly criticized the government’s traffic light system for international destinations, saying it is unpredictable and has no scientific basis.
After months of complete quarantine, the British authorities have allowed travel since May but discouraged travel to popular destinations such as Spain, France, Greece, the United States or Croatia, and classified them as yellow in their system.
This color means that after returning to the UK, passengers must be quarantined for 10 days and undergo multiple COVID-19 tests. Only a few countries are marked as green, and there are no EU member states.
In the British aviation industry, more than 45,000 people are unemployed. It is estimated that about 860,000 aviation, transportation and tourism employees are working with government financial assistance alone.