Commenting on the Government’s update to the traffic light system for international travel, Robert Sinclair, Chief Executive of London City Airport, said:
“Today’s announcement from the Government is a setback for the industry’s recovery and for the millions of people hoping to resume international travel whether for a much needed holiday, for business purposes or to see friends and relatives.
With no new additions to the Green list, and the removal of Portugal, there is a risk that passenger confidence will be further dented.
Looking to Europe, the EU is pressing ahead with restarting aviation and establishing health certification which will allow people to realise the benefit of vaccination programmes.
The next review dates at the end of June are of critical importance and we need to ensure, for the economy, for livelihoods and for our industry that we start to make progress with connecting Britain to the world again.
In the meantime, we would strongly encourage the Government to make urgent progress on making COVID-19 tests more accessible and affordable, reduce or eliminate the need for quarantine, particularly for those passengers arriving from amber countries who have been vaccinated, and on ensuring the borders are fully resourced for the passenger volumes we still hope to see this summer.”