By Ron Howells • 13 June 2021 • 7:42
Airlines Start To Axe Flights And Reduce Schedules Due To UK Lockdown Extention. image: Wikimedia
Airlines Start To Axe Flights And Reduce Schedules Due To UK Lockdown Extension.
Airlines are hurriedly cancelling flights after hearing the government is set to delay Freedom Day back by a month, according to The Mirror.
EasyJet, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic have started to shrink their schedules between now and July 19, which is the date Boris Johnson is expected to ease the rest of lockdown restrictions. Demand by Brits for foreign holidays immediately plummeted as a result of the announcement.
Low-cost carrier easyJet started dropping trips to Greece and France, as Britons look likely to face a second summer trapped at home.
Virgin Atlantic has pushed back transatlantic flights until mid-July, and has even cancelled many journeys from Heathrow to Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago until October.
Paul Charles, CEO of travel consultancy The PC Agency, said: “Airlines are reducing their flying schedules fast as government policies on overseas travel are putting off consumers from flying. There simply isn’t enough demand to fly when so many countries are on amber and swab testing is so expensive.
“We’re now seeing airlines cutting their flying and staffing costs rapidly, as they ground more aircraft and return thousands of cabin crew and other staff to furlough.”
The industry expert warned that quarantine-free travel to the UK from mainland Europe or the US will not be permitted before late July. The reopening of travel, particularly in terms of tourism, had been “sacrificed by ministers watching their backs”, added Charles, who was among figures that expressed anger when Portugal was moved to the amber list last week, as it meant no major tourist destination was left in the green tier.
Portugal and other countries such as Malta, Morocco and Grenada should be on the green list but decisions being made on restrictions were “highly political, not based on data at all”, Charles claimed.
Those arriving in the UK from a green country are not required to self-isolate, whereas amber arrivals must quarantine at home for 10 days. There were hopes originally that destinations such as Spain, France, Italy and the US would be added to the green list ahead of the peak summer 2021 holiday season.
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
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