In the UK, freedom of movement is currently strictly restricted. Sean Doyle, the new British Airways boss, has now called for reforms to ensure greater independence.
Many countries currently have strict entry regulations, which are often combined with several days of isolation. Unrestricted travel to only a few countries is currently possible for those who have been vaccinated. In Great Britain, too, citizens will only be able to travel from May 17, according to the plan. Despite the new leader of the British airline demanding more independence, the country’s vaccination campaign remains as positive as his Reuters news agency Quoted.
Governments need to work together on travel corridors
The corona epidemic still keeps Europe and the world in suspense. Despite the various vaccines, there does not seem to be much freedom to travel at this time. Many countries have strict rules for their citizens to leave the country, including Great Britain. UK citizens are banned from traveling until May 17 for no good reason. According to Reuters, the government plans to announce on April 12 when normal travel to and from the UK will be possible again. According to new British Airways boss Sean Doyle, travel should be made easier for those who have been vaccinated and those who have not been vaccinated with a negative corona test:
Vaccinated people should be allowed to travel without any restrictions. Also all those who have not been vaccinated but tested negative should be allowed to fly.
Sean Doyle, CEO of British Airways
Nonetheless, his country’s vaccination campaign gives him hope that British Airways will fly short and long-haul flights again as planned from the summer.
Nevertheless, the question arises as to what the freedom of travel will be like. Although UK citizens can go abroad again for no good reason, each country currently has its own entry requirements.
Health applications should help
Doyle’s plans are in close collaboration with other governments, which may also benefit those who have been vaccinated. But health utilities will again help boost travel and provide a perspective on the industry that has been badly damaged for a year. If the government supports such applications, negative test results and related vaccination certification can already be found here, already in Israel or China.
Digital applications are important for the future as it travels through the crisis and beyond. How Reuters It has been reported that it currently takes 20 minutes per passenger to view the documents at the airport. It is not very practical if the airline expects an increase in passengers in the summer. Currently about 44 per cent of UK adults are vaccinated, mostly those over 60 years of age. Doyle expects the UK government to introduce a master plan with objectives and risk classifications for the summer. The flight’s summer flight schedule will also be based on this. While some call for appropriate travel benefits for those who have been vaccinated, the UK government wants a fair return on travel for those who are not vaccinated without the greatest disadvantage.
However, Doyle did not want to make a forecast about the number of passengers for the summer.
End of British Airways’ request to lift travel restrictions
While the new head of British Airways has clear ideas on how the plane can regain speed, the British will have to wait until May, even if tourism in Great Britain returns to normalcy. However, the British airline may already be facing a real booking emergency. European countries such as Greece and Spain are already planning with British tourists in mid-May. The government plans to announce in April whether vaccinated people will have more freedom to travel or travel from the UK and under what circumstances.