Extension of green list welcome but Government full restart remains a long way off

Commenting on the update to the international travel country listings, Karen Dee, Chief Executive of the Airport Operators Association said:

“The extension of the green list is a positive step forward and demonstrates that people can travel safely and with confidence.  This announcement will be a boost to our airports, their employees and the local economies who depend on aviation and just as importantly to those who have been prevented from visiting friends and relatives.  

“However, our airports continue to face a long road to recovery with passenger numbers remaining at historically low levels which continue to lag behind our European competitors.  We urge the Government to not only continue to open up travel, but to tackle the sky-high cost of testing and to provide a much-needed tailored package of financial support to help our aviation industry through the challenging months ahead.

“Any extension to the green list is welcome, but we remain a long way off a full and meaningful restart of international travel and the Government must recognise this and provide the support that will protect our world class aviation industry and the thousands of jobs that remain at risk.”