Business leaders call on government to ‘save summer’ for travel industry
The East Midlands (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) chamber responded to last week’s updates on international travel.
Scott Knowles, chief executive of the chamber, said: “The addition of a new slice of countries to the green list is a positive step forward and, together with the decision to desensitize the testing and traceability system, it suggests that we are heading in the right direction. direction.
“This continues to demonstrate that we ultimately need a fundamental overhaul of the travel system.
“The brief creation of an ‘orange-plus’ list has dealt a disastrous blow to consumer confidence and while its relatively rapid removal has been welcomed, we believe it is time to go even further and ‘completely abolish the orange list.
“Simplifying the red and green list traffic light system, with more countries added to them for unrestricted travel, will remove the ambiguity and finally give people the confidence they need to travel abroad.” .
“We should also seriously consider allowing all double-vaccinated passengers to arrive in the UK without quarantine, regardless of the country they arrive from, and step up the limited progress we have made so far to reduce the prohibitive costs of the Covid tests required by the system.
“It is already too late for many people in terms of booking vacations, so (it is necessary) if the travel industry – which has been one of the hardest hit and yet received no support government tailor – must recover anything from this summer.
“East Midlands Airport is one of our region’s most critical assets and is at the heart of many great projects aimed at boosting our economy and our jobs.
“Despite the growth of its cargo activity, its core business is passenger transport.
“Therefore, it is essential that the government take action to protect airport capacity, which will be crucial for economic recovery.
“The granting of 12 months leave at business tariffs and the re-establishment of a VAT refund scheme for the sector must be considered immediately to ensure the viability of our airports. “
Over 50 destinations to fly to from East Midlands Airport this summer