Robert Courts, the aviation minister, told MPs the government will separately treat popular tourist islands with low Covid rates “where possible” as it prepares to reveal the next installment of destinations that could be added to the non-quarantine list early next month.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told the BBC’s Today program on Wednesday: “I have always said that of course it is desirable that a plane could fly directly to an island, for example, and that this island is so accessible in that you don’t have to go through the mainland, you see it differently. This is what we did last year as well. “
This would put the Canary, Balearic and Greek Islands – all with greenlist eligible data – back on the map for pre-main season vacations, in addition to other Mediterranean and even Caribbean islands.
It is also understood that the pioneers include Malta, Grenada, Cayman Islands, Fiji, British Virgin Islands, Finland and the Caribbean Islands including Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Turks Islands -and Caicos and Anguilla.
In less promising news, Austria has joined with Germany in banning direct flights from the UK over concerns over the growing number of cases of the Indian variant.
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