The idea of creating air bridges with countries that have a low rate of Covid-19 infections has been suggested within the UK’s tourism sector as a way of enabling people to start travelling by air again now that lockdown restrictions are being eased.
According to the Daily Mail, this is an idea that British travellers are supporting, although there has been no official government announcement on which countries the UK might consider creating an air bridge with, or how it might work in the long term.
The newspaper also cited data from Skyscanner, which found that searches for holidays in France and Italy increased dramatically among Brits in recent weeks as this concept of air bridges, or travel bubbles, began to be discussed.
Meanwhile, the BBC recently reported that chief executive of Visit Britain Patricia Yates is among those who is supportive of the concept.
Although transport secretary Grant Shapps stressed that air bridges are not currently part of the government’s policy, he added that this is something the government is willing to consider as the situation evolves.
A 14-day quarantine is currently proposed for anyone arriving in the UK by air, a policy which many airlines have criticised in recent weeks.
The government has stated that it will review the “blanket quarantine” for air travellers every two to three weeks and adapt it as they are able to. However, the news provider noted that Airlines UK, which represents the country’s aviation industry, has stressed the need for more frequent reviews to be carried out.
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