UK travel industry sends government distress call
By Patricia Rodriguez
London, June 23 (EFE) .- Representatives of the UK travel industry attended protests on Wednesday calling on the government to take urgent action to reopen the sector safely, in time for the summer season.
The protest outside Parliament in London brought together hundreds of travel agents, pilots, tour guides, cabin crew and other aviation workers, demanding solutions for the survival of the industry .
They urged authorities to ease restrictions on international travel and provide financial support tailored to the needs of the industry.
Andrew Gammon, a British Airways pilot captain, insisted on the need for a “safe and sensible reopening of the skies”.
Emma Brennan, a representative of the Association of British Travel Agents, told Efe the industry felt “like a forgotten child”.
She said they understood the importance of the restrictions to protect public health, but blamed the government’s lack of support for travel agencies throughout the crisis.
The pessimistic point of view is shared by other colleagues.
Ian came to the protest with his wife Cath, after 15 months without an income, battered at work every day by cancellations and refunds, he said.
Protesters also want extended leave programs, as the travel industry has underperformed financially and is recovering at a slower pace than other companies.