The boss of London Southend Airport says support is needed immediately for the aviation industry as the Government looks set to impose
forced hotel quarantines for all arrivals into the UK.
Glyn Jones says "clear and consistent guidance" is needed now, to make sure there is a "unified approach" across airports within the UK and where possible across Europe.
The CEO of London Southend Airport suggests that an "Air Passenger Duty holiday" as well as funding to help airports with large fixed financial costs such business rates could be provided.
Aviation has been hard hit by the pandemic and the blows keep coming. In addition to negative test requirements as well as quarantine upon arrival, there is now the proposal of airport hotel quarantine adding further costs and more complication for passengers arriving into the UK.
Glyn Jones, CEO, London Southend Airport
Airports have invested into safety measures to protect passengers and employees, many. including London Southend Airport have also supported private test facilities to enable passengers to arrange test certificates required for travel. The latest proposal to utilise airport hotels implies yet another cost burden for both airports and travellers.
Glyn Jones, CEO, London Southend Airport London Southend airport Credit: ITV News Anglia
We have already seen some travel companies fail due to the situation with COVID-19 and that's not surprising considering the amount of business that we've lost in the last 12 months. It is a struggle out there and obviously the furlough scheme has been helpful as it has been for many industries but we do need some special targeted assistance for the industry.
It comes as Hays Travel has announced it is
The company had hoped that business would "bounce back in January", but it has not. closing 89 of its former Thomas Cook stores.
The company had deferred reviewing the performance of the former Thomas Cook shops it acquired in October 2019 to see if business returned in 2021. But the third national lockdown and travel bans meant the company had to act.
Sunderland based Hays Travel has announced it is closing 89 of its recently acquired Thomas Cook shops. Credit: ITV News
We had hoped the business would bounce back in January and it has not. We have done everything we could to safeguard jobs and the business thus far, and we have come up with a range of options for those at risk of redundancy to help as many colleagues as we can
This is a really miserable time for everyone involved in the travel industry and Hays travel announced it was going to close 89 of its stores, at the moment that's unclear as to whether that will impact on the four stores in Northamptonshire.
Philip Hollobone MP, Kettering, Con Paula Syred from Fox Narrowboats, Cambridgeshire Credit: ITV News Anglia
It comes as the UK's vaccine Minister suggested
It has prompted hopes that staycations may be the way forward. it is too early to make any holiday plans abroad this year.
The Managing Director of a Narrowboat business in Cambridgeshire says bookings are slowly coming in for staycation holidays this year.
I think a staycation is a very good option for people, you know we’ve got the Covid guarantee in place, so that there is no loss to the individual if government restrictions don’t allow them to carry on boating, but I think everything is there for them to go away and look after themselves and probably only see another couple of boats during the days cruising.
Paula Syred, MD of Fox Narrowboats in March, Cambridgeshire Kingfisher’s Country Park, Cressingham Credit: ITV News Anglia
Harry Embleton, Director of 'Air Manage Suffolk' told ITV News Anglia that the last few months have been a "very bumpy ride" for bookings.
All lodges at Kingfisher's are currently empty and there are no other bookings across other holiday homes across Suffolk.
We are beginning to take bookings for the summer, as people are expected to be allowed to travel then but really until we get an opening date, we are sort of waiting to hear.
Harry Embleton, Air Manage Suffolk The company is hoping for a repeat of what happened in the summer of 2020, where they experienced "an incredible surge in demand" and everything was fully booked after the relaxing of lockdown in July.