Travel Updates: Backlash as Scottish prevented from visiting Spain this summer


TRavel industry bosses reverse Nicola Sturgeon’s decision to remove Spain from the list of travel lanes approved by Scotland.

The Prime Minister said that a 14-day quarantine requirement for all travelers arriving from the country would remain in force north of the border, even if it was lifted in England from Friday.

Flights to Spain account for 60% of leisure flights from Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton airports, according to Derek Provan, managing director of AGS Airports, which owns all three; describing the absence of Spain from the list as a “flagrant omission”.

“It is important that we work quickly to align travel advice to the rest of the UK,” he said. “We have requested a meeting with the Scottish government to discuss additional measures which could be put in place to lift the restrictions and prevent airlines from canceling routes to what is one of the most popular tourist destinations and the most important in Scotland. ”

Rory Boland, publisher of Which? Travel said: “Maintaining quarantine restrictions on Spain could leave Scottish holidaymakers out of their pockets. Those who have already booked package tours from an English airport may not be able to claim a refund as the vacation will now continue. He advised: “It is important that those concerned have the possibility to change their booking at a later date and not have to pay the price for England and Scotland with different quarantine lists. ”

SNP leader, who has been under intense pressure in recent days to reveal her travel plan abroad, cited an infection prevalence rate of 330 per 100,000 people in Spain, compared to 28 per 100,000 in Scotland . Yesterday, it lifted quarantine requirements for 57 countries, just two less than the UK’s 59 list; Spain and Serbia being the only exceptions.

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