AOA response to PM’s statement on international travel

Commenting on the Prime Minister’s update on the Global Travel Taskforce, Airport Operators Association Chief Executive Karen Dee said:

“It is disappointed 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.

“While a new green category with no isolation requirement on return to the UK is very welcome, potentially costly and onerous testing requirements would limit the possibilities for many people to travel to countries in the green category.

“We look forward to further detailed on the Global Travel Taskforce’s report on 12 April and urge the Government to scrutinise the evidence provided by industry, health experts and others that set out how a risk-based, proportionate system could open up aviation without quarantine and with affordable, rapid testing.

“Any prolonged closure of UK airports’ key destinations in Europe in particular will have major financial impacts that the Government will need to mitigate.”