UK airlines, travel agents and operators have called on the government to urgently revise its approach to foreign travel advice.
Insiders argue the current system risks preventing the industry getting back on its feet and holidaymakers back in the air.
Despite the new test to release scheme coming into effect on December 15th, which allows for reduced quarantine periods for international arrivals, trade associations Airlines UK and ABTA have said the numbers of people travelling overseas is unlikely to significantly increase as the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advises against all but essential travel to the vast majority of countries.
Together they have called for the approach to foreign travel advice to be reviewed, following concerns that this is being used to control the pandemic in the UK as opposed to its actual purpose, which is to assess the risk to travellers in destination.
In particular, they have asked the government to review their travel advice to allow for travel to countries where infection rates are comparable to or lower than the UK and have developed public health responses to the pandemic.
Tim Alderslade, chief executive of Airlines UK, said: “The government has taken welcome steps…