The airlines are lobbying the government to repeal the remaining Covid travel restrictions as they fight for financial repairs


The airlines are lobbying the government to repeal the remaining Covid travel restrictions as they fight for financial repairs


Airlines are lobbying the government to undo the rest of Kovid’s travel restrictions as they fight for financial repair.

The UK’s biggest airlines, including British Airways, EasyJet, Virgin Atlantic and Jet2, met with Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Transport Secretary Grant Shoppe on Tuesday to discuss plans to remove the final obstacles.

Bosses say travelers who have been vaccinated completely will not have to take a lateral flow test two days after arriving in the UK when the travel rules are reviewed at the end of this month.

They want to ditch passenger locator forms.

Lobby: Airline boss says passengers who are vaccinated completely will not have to take a side flow test two days after arriving in the UK

Steve Heapy, chief executive of Jet2, said: ‘I see no reason why it shouldn’t have been like a foreign trip two years ago.

‘Travel should once again be enjoyable, not an addiction and not a form of bulk filling and testing.’

Virgin Atlantic said the goal of this month’s review was to ‘remove all tests for travel and develop a playbook on how to deal with any new variants.’

Vacation bookings skyrocketed last week after pre-departure tests and quarantine were canceled, and cheaper lateral flow tests replaced PCR tests after arrival.

Julia Lo Beau-Said, of The Advantage Travel Partnership, said: ‘This news gives companies the optimism that they have a decent business to fight for.’

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