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UK Airlines Welcome Government Easing of Travel Restrictions for Fully-Vaccinated Citizens

UK airlines have been quick to capitalize on changes to travel restrictions for fully vaccinated citizens and residents of England. On Thursday UK Transport secretary Grant Shapps announced that those returning to the country from countries on the UK’s ‘amber list’ from 19 July would not be required to undertake 10 days quarantine and PCR tests on days 2 and 8. Instead, the rules of a return from a ‘green list’ country would apply to no quarantine and a single…

Ryanair Triples the Number of Passengers Carried in June

The benefits of robust vaccination programs and a consolidated approach to the easing of travel restrictions are beginning to see positive effects for the European aviation industry. On Friday, the Ryanair Group announced that 5.3 million passengers were carried across the consortium’s network of airlines in the month of June.…

easyJet Increases Capacity as Spanish Islands Added to U.K. Travel…

The U.K. Government have added several popular holiday destinations to the ‘green list’ of countries that do not require self-isolation or quarantine upon return to the U.K.. Malta and the Balearic Islands which include Menorca, Majorca and Ibiza are the more high profile summer destinations that made the list in…

Ryanair and Major Airport Owners Take U.K. Government to Court…

Ryanair and the owner of their largest UK airport base have begun legal proceedings to challenge the UK government’s ‘traffic light system’ of international travel. The Irish-based carrier and Manchester Airports Group (MAG), owners of London Stansted, East Midlands and Manchester airports are seeking clarity on how the UK government…

Canada Begins Slow Lifting of Travel Restrictions for Vaccinated Citizens

The Canadian federal government is gradually lifting restrictions on non-essential travel for fully vaccinated Canadian citizens and permanent residents, according to CTVNews. Restrictions on travel have been in place for over a year with restrictive hotel quarantine arrangements introduced in February. The provision for a three-day hotel quarantine followed by…

Europe Begins Issuing Digital COVID Certificates to Facilitate Free Movement

The first European Union Digital COVID Certificates (EUDCC) have begun to be issued signaling the beginnings of a safe restart to travel for EU citizens and a positive sign for the aviation industry in the region ahead of the summer season. The certificate will be ‘proof that a person has…

Europe Eases Inbound Travel Restrictions for ‘Safe’ Countries

A European Commission proposal to update recommended restrictions to travel from third countries (those outside the European Union) has been adopted by all 27 ambassadors to the European Council. The recommendations will result in the introduction of ‘certain waivers for vaccinated persons and easing the criteria to lift restrictions for…

U.S. and U.K. Airline Chiefs Urge Summit to Reopen Trans-Atlantic…

The chief executive officers of leading U.K. and U.S. airlines have issued an open letter to the government officials responsible for transport in their respective countries requesting a summit to discuss the reopening of the transatlantic aviation market. The letter to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg and U.K. Secretary…

easyJet Seeks to Boost Passenger Confidence Ahead of UK ‘Green…

With the first batch of countries on the UK’s ‘green list' for travel set to be confirmed on Friday afternoon, airlines are seeking to boost passenger confidence with a range of initiatives to increase demand. This week easyJet announced a partnership with Collinson Insurance to offer customers a new travel…

UK Aviation Industry Awaits Government Announcement on Travel Restart

With the next stage of the U.K. government’s expected easing of restrictions due to come into effect on 17 May, the commercial airline industry is anticipating the recommencement of international travel for U.K. citizens and residents. A recently announced ‘traffic light (signal)’ system of various levels of requirements upon return…