Leading industry figures from Airlines UK, Virgin Atlantic, easyJet, British Airways, Jet2, Loganair, Ryanair and Tui say green status should “increasingly become a default” due to the deployment of the vaccine in “many of our key markets”.
In a letter to Grant Shapps, the companies wrote: “On this basis there is no reason, and this is essential, that much of Europe, including the major volume markets, the United States, the Caribbean and other major markets, may not turn green next week. in time for the rest of the summer peak.
“If the testing regime remains in place, with its cost and administrative burden, it will have a huge impact on UK aviation – effectively acting as a tax of around £ 100 on flights, on average. It is not clear whether the government understood this risk. “
Airlines have said they are currently seeing “no real recovery in customer confidence”, adding: “Despite tentative progress, time is running out to put Britain’s aviation, travel and tourism industries back on track. the right path for a sustainable recovery to protect millions of people. of the jobs they support.
“We cannot afford to stand still during this vital summer time and urge you to act. ”