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UK Aviation Industry Welcomes Revision of International Travel Restrictions

The U.K. government will abolish its much-maligned "traffic light system" for international travel to England starting in early October. In an announcement released on Friday, the government said it will replace the current system that has been in effect since May 17 with “a single red list of countries and territories and simplified travel measures for arrivals from the rest of the world.” In recognition of the vaccination rollout around the world, travellers who meet the U.K. definition of "fully…

UK Leisure Carrier Jet2.com Extends Summer Schedule

The U.K. government will again revise the "traffic light" system of travel this week for passengers returning to England. The disparate governments of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales determine their own travel restrictions and may or may not follow the same criteria that apply to England. The last revision saw…

UK ‘Traffic Light’ Travel System Review Provides Some Relief for…

This week provided some relief for the U.K.'s aviation industry with a revision of the government’s much-maligned "traffic light" system of country classification for international passengers returning into England. Germany, Austria and Norway were among seven countries added to the "green list," over the course of the week, though travelers…

International Airlines Group Aims for 75% of Pre-Pandemic Capacity by…

International Airlines Group (IAG) announced its Q2 results on Friday that indicated progress in the consortium’s recovery from the pandemic. The parent company of the U.K. and European airlines including British Airways, Iberia, Vueling, Aer Lingus and LEVEL revealed an operating loss of €967 million ($1,148 million) that compares to…

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

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…

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…

U.S., U.K. Airlines Call For Eased Travel Restrictions

On Monday, Reuters reported that the leaders of several airlines in the United States and the United Kingdom have called on their respective governments to ease travel restrictions between the two countries. The CEOs of Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, United Airlines, JetBlue Airways and British Airways agree that the high vaccination…

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…

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…