With authorities taking an “overly cautious” strategy to reopening worldwide journey there’s a actual danger that summer season 2021 is as unhealthy or worse than summer season 2020.
That’s in keeping with the Airport Operators Affiliation (AOA), which says the present inexperienced listing representing just one.7 per cent of 2019 passenger numbers.
In 2020, there have been considerably extra international locations on the journey hall listing in contrast to what’s anticipated for summer season 2021 underneath the present traffic-light system.
Due to the bigger numbers of nations with a journey hall, passenger numbers peaked at 22 per cent of 2019 ranges in August 2020.
Even with the extra liberal journey strategy in 2020, UK airports misplaced out on £2.6 billion income between April to September 2020.
With passenger numbers anticipated to be at finest comparable however almost definitely worse, airports stand to lose not less than one other £2.6 billion in income once more this 12 months.
Commenting, AOA chief government, Karen Dee, stated: “The federal government’s overly cautious strategy to reopening journey has real-world penalties for the 1.6 million jobs within the UK aviation and tourism industries that depend on aviation having a significant restart.
“Until the federal government makes a significant restart of aviation doable by extending the inexperienced listing on the subsequent evaluate, shifting to fast and reasonably priced checks for returning travellers and following the examples of the EU and the US by decreasing restrictions on totally vaccinated passengers, aviation is in for an especially…