Travel restrictions

Removal of restrictions on international travel would have no impact on case rates, says travel industry


Removing international travel restrictions would have no impact on case rates, the travel industry claims (Photo by Hollie Adams / Getty Images)

Travel industry calls on government to remove current testing requirements for international travelers despite threat from Omicron.

Manchester Airports Group (MAG) and Airlines UK are calling on the government to ease current restrictions on international travel in order to save the industry.

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The number of passengers “down by 30%”

Research commissioned by two travel industry bodies has reportedly shown that domestic restrictions are the only way to tackle the spread of Omicron, rather than international measures.

Pre-departure and day two PCR testing was reintroduced in late November and early December in response to the spread of the Omicron variant.

The number of passengers at Manchester Airports Group sites has fallen by more than 30% since December, according to the study.

In a joint statement, the chief executives of the two organizations said “travel test requirements can be removed in their entirety without affecting the overall rate of cases.”

MAG Managing Director Charlie Cornish and Airlines UK Managing Director Tim Alderslade underlined that the Health Secretary has already acknowledged the restrictions have much less impact once Omicron becomes the dominant strain .

Travel restrictions “put jobs at risk”

They said: “This latest research from Oxera and Edge Health clearly supports the position that travel testing requirements can be removed in their entirety without affecting overall UK case rates and hospitalizations,”

“This should give the UK government the confidence to move forward with the immediate removal of these emergency restrictions, giving people the freedom to travel abroad to see loved ones, explore new places and generate income. new business opportunities.

“Travel restrictions come at a huge cost to the travel industry and to the UK economy as a whole, putting jobs at risk and slowing the recovery of one of our most important sectors.

“It is therefore vital that they do not stay in place a day longer than necessary.”

Travel restrictions are due for review today, although it is not likely that the measures recommended by the travel industry will be adopted in full.