Reduced red list significant step forward but date for Day 2 lateral flow tests needed

Welcoming the Government’s updated travel restrictions, Airport Operators Association Chief Executive Karen Dee said:

“This is another significant step forward to normalising international travel and should give people confidence to book.

“Recognising more countries’ vaccination programmes is a vital step forward in restarting inbound tourism and business travel, which supported nearly half a million jobs in the UK tourism and hospitality sectors pre-pandemic.

“With the autumn half-term holiday rapidly approaching, particularly in Scotland where many schools will break up for half term next week, the UK and devolved governments cannot afford to delay confirming the date when Day 2 PCR tests will move to lateral flow test any longer. The longer ministers wait, the bigger the impact on forward bookings and the pace of aviation’s recovery.”