Holidays for the rich: Airlines slam UK travel restart plan | Aviation News

UK government’s traffic light COVID risk ranking system will make overseas flights too expensive for many, airline group says.

Airlines have criticised the United Kingdom’s plans for restarting international travel, saying that expensive testing requirements for trips to low-risk countries would mean that only wealthy people could take holidays abroad.

Under government proposals, airlines and passengers will not find out until early May whether international travel resumes from May 17, a plan which fell short of industry hopes for clarity.

Airlines and travel companies are desperate for a bumper northern hemisphere summer after a year of restrictions. Without a

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Airlines blast Britain’s travel restart plan, Jet2 cancels holidays until June


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LONDON (Reuters) -British travel company Jet2 said it was cancelling holidays until late June, blaming uncertainty in UK government plans for restarting international travel, which were condemned by airlines.

FILE PHOTO: People queue for COVID-19 tests at a testing centre, as tighter rules for international travellers start, at terminal 2 of the Heathrow Airport, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, London, Britain, January 18, 2021. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

Flight operators had been counting on government proposals published on Friday to allow planning for a summer getaway season, but the industry criticised the release

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Where is my $1,443 refund from Pacific Holidays?

DEAR TRAVEL TROUBLESHOOTER: In 2019, I booked a tour of the Baltics through Pacific Holidays, a tour operator. Pacific Holidays canceled the trip because of COVID-19 in March 2020. In July, a Pacific Holidays representative promised me a full refund.

Christopher Elliott, the Travel Troubleshooter 

I have since developed metastatic breast cancer and can no longer travel. I have contacted Pacific Holidays numerous times, but so far I have not received a refund. I’ve paid $1,443 for services charged and not received. Please help me and intervene in this dispute. Thank you for your help.

— Helene Rosenthal, Bedford, Massachusetts.

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Travel shares slide as Britons warned not to book foreign holidays | Travel & leisure

Shares in travel and aviation businesses including the British Airways owner, IAG, easyJet and the aero engine maker Rolls-Royce tumbled on Monday after the government warned the public not to book holidays abroad this summer.

Investors took fright at the thought that the struggling airline and travel sectors could face another summer of lost bookings, as continental Europe struggles with the rollout of vaccine programmes.

Shares in IAG, easyJet, and the package holiday company Tui all lost around 5%, while the Jet2 airline fell almost 7%. Rolls-Royce ended more than 4% lower.

The negative outlook wiped off some of

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UK’s speedy vaccine rollout could open the door to Greek holidays

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Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has raised hopes that British tourists will be able to visit the country this summer thanks to the UK’s speedy vaccine rollout. 

With tourism accounting for about a fifth of its GDP and employing one in five workers, Greece will be keen to see overseas visitors return as soon as possible, and Mr Mitsotakis told Reuters he was “cautiously optimistic” of a lucrative summer. 

“Essentially we are dependent on the pace of vaccination in our main markets,” he added, noting that Britain and Israel were leading the way. However, despite

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When will holidays abroad start again? Latest travel news and updates

MANY families have been unable to go on holiday for nearly a year since the beginning of the pandemic.

Here is everything you need to know about holidays restarting this year.


Here is what you need to know about going on holiday again this yearCredit: Alamy Live News

What are the current holiday rules?

Under the current UK lockdown rules, Brits are not allowed to go on holiday either in the country or abroad.

The government website states: “You must not travel, including abroad, unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. It is illegal

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