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Do you agree with airlines taking legal action against the Government?

Hundreds of agents are expected to join a Travel Day Of Action in London, Edinburgh and Belfast, to lobby for a safe restart of international travel

The travel industry feels hard done by and is preparing to fight back.

Until now, the tourism industry has been patient, waiting for vaccines to be safely administered with the hope a return to foreign travel could follow. As yet, however, those hopes have failed to materialise.

Now Tui, Virgin, Ryanair and British Airways are taking legal action, and today (June 23) hundreds of agents are expected to join a Travel Day Of Action in London, Edinburgh and Belfast, to lobby for a safe restart of international travel. Consumers can also take part in a Twitterstorm planned at 2pm by using the hashtag #traveldayofaction.

Organised by travel body ABTA, the protest intends to put pressure on the government to expand the green list of countries where quarantine-free travel is permitted, whilst retaining a strong red list to safeguard against variants. They are also calling for a package of tailored financial support, to help the ailing industry.

In an open letter to Boris Johnson, the World Travel & Tourism Council has warned the government that the UK faces a £639 million daily loss if international travel remains off limits in July, and up to 218,000 more jobs in the sector are also at serious risk of being lost, if no action is taken now – in addition to the 307,000 jobs which were lost in the UK last year.

For most of us, the cancellation of foreign holidays is both frustrating and annoying. But for so many people employed by the industry – both here and overseas – the ripple effects have resulted in a tsunami of disasters. In Africa, for example, where tourism provides a lifeline, thousands have been left jobless and unable to feed their families; precious wildlife has been poached out of hunger and desperation; and cases of domestic violence have soared.

If managed properly, the travel industry believes there is a way to carefully restart their sector. Over 47% of British adults have already been double vaccinated, and with appropriate measures put in place, the travel industry believes those people should have the freedom to travel. From July 1, Europeans will already be on their way thanks to the Green Pass – offering proof a person has tested negative for Covid-19, or received a vaccine.

Do you believe the travel industry has a case? Should the Government allow people the freedom to travel from 1st July, alongside the Europeans?

Do you agree with airlines taking legal action against the Government?

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viking
10th Jul 2021
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According to the " experts, " once again the new covid varient Lambda has been bought into the UK by air passengers, presumably not being pre-flight tested and scant cleansing of aircraft flying into this country.
JoannieF59
7th Jul 2021
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The airlines have made enough money out of people in past. The lockdown hit everybody, all businesses so they just need to a accept. I daresay we will see a rise in prices in future.
Llynfi
3rd Jul 2021
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Everyone has suffered in this pandemic, if everyone takes legal action where will the country be. I think airports should still be closed, full stop, until cases are almost zero.
NDW57
27th Jun 2021
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How on earth do the Travel Industry think this disease got here in the first place? Did it hitch a ride on a passing bird perhaps or did it breeze in on a gentle zephyr from Eurasia? No! It bloody well arrived as a consequence of international travel, something which THEY organise. First principle of disease control - stop it getting in, in the first place. The government were lamentably, but perhaps understandably, slow in restricting such travel due in part no doubt to pressure from the industry. The latter appear to put their profits ahead of the health of the nation. Fine, go ahead, but if a COVID variant appears that causes major issues (perhaps by evading the vaccines) and they bring it here, the industry should be made, literally, to pay for the consequences.
viking
28th Jun 2021
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Quite agree NDW57.
See my previous rant !!!
jeanmark
26th Jun 2021
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All this talk about international travel being allowed, well, surely we have to wait to see if other countries are happy for us to go! To date the PM has refused the idea of vaccine passports that may help support travel.
46fit
26th Jun 2021
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I believe during these times of the pandemic all international travel should be stopped, The only thing the airlines and travel agencies are worried about is that they are not making a large profit.
All the while we have international travel the virus will just keep on spreading.
Billythequiche
25th Jun 2021
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Of course not. It is not a function of the government to use taxpayers money to prioritise the profits of mega-rich businesses above the safety of the said tax payers. A huge number of people are desperate for a foreign holiday, but not all. Foregoing a holiday is an inconvenience, not a catastrophe. Our first cruise to celebrate our Golden Wedding has been cancelled, twice. We do not blame the government, or even the travel companies; it's a pandemic for heavens sake, not a policy or choice. There will be time afterwards to debate the decisions/mistakes, all with the benefit of hindsight. We should not allow business interests or the wants of some to risk the safety of all.
Aurora01
24th Jun 2021
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I love to travel abroad - UK is too expensive for a single person - I don't sleep in two beds nor eat two breakfasts but yet I am charged more an a couple.
I have a passion for wild life watching and volunteering and attempt to volunteer as part of my holiday abroad - these countries need our money to continue to save threatened animals and their habitats.
how many rain forests have been destroyed because there are no tourists, thus adding to climate change.
Also when going abroad you get to meet other cultures and understand their way of life and therefore are more tolerant of other races and willing to do trade with them.
So when the travel industry and subsidiary businesses collapse what is the government going to do with all these extra unemployed individuals when they are not supporting those who already have lost their jobs!
Wilf
24th Jun 2021
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I agree with you about travel and holidays abroad to interesting places. Also many destinations now protect wildlife as the tourists like to visit and photograph it etc so it's in the locals and the countries best interests to keep it pristine. This goes for most countries.
MrsPat
23rd Jun 2021
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We love flying and enjoy our holidays and the airlines do employ thousands of people so I can completely understand why the airlines are doing this. I think flying may change a lot as my son says he will not be going to business meetings abroad anymore-no point he can use Zoom.
Bald123
23rd Jun 2021
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I think they can try but I cannot see what the case for them is as HM Gov and Boris are just trying to stop the virus spreading?
viking
23rd Jun 2021
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Airline hypocrasy again.
Who has been resposible for bringing the last virus into the UK.
In years gone by, airlines disinfected cabins before and after. Now in their scramble for more profit this type of cleaning can be bypassed in efforts to turn aircraft around, thus avoiding parking charges whilst the aicraft is standing on the apron.
AverelleN
23rd Jun 2021
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The r number is lower than ever but the government keeps moving the goalposts keeping us all in lockdown. This virus will be with us forever, there will never be zero covid, therefore we need to get our economies moving again and stop the climate of fear that has been waged against us.
Bald123
23rd Jun 2021
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I am not sure it's a climate of fear I just think Boris is trying to stop the spread of it and protect the NHS. I see its now spreading in Australia again and they have done well to stop anyone visiting the country.
Wilf
23rd Jun 2021
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It is a bonkers situation. I see that Germans are all flying to Spain and the Brits are not allowed? Meanwhile, I just read that Sydney Australia is undergoing a new outbreak and they have been fantastic at managing the virus. Its a difficult one for Boris. If he relaxes travel we could see spikes again if he doesn't the travel industry could go broke. What's to do? he is probably doing the right thing by opening up limited countries.
viking
24th Jun 2021
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Well the Germans will not have to put their towels on the deckchairs now as there will be no British tourists to thwart.
Which also means that they can lie in bed longer before roasting themselves.
Wilf
24th Jun 2021
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Very true Viking...they can get up at 9 am rather than 5 am. Also they will be able to sleep during the day without Brits singing drunken songs after lunch and chucking each other in the pool! Sounds like a blissful holiday for our German friends!!!!
Marley444
23rd Jun 2021
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I think this is a really tricky one - I totally understand that the travel industry has been devastated by the virus and the lack of people being able to travel, but the virus is still spreading. Although a percentage of Brits have now been double vaccinated, this is not the same globally - I feel that many of us have accepted that 2021 is the year of staying in the UK - the hassle and cost involved in getting tested is enough to put me off for sure! Not sure if the airlines have a case with the Government but they can try if they want. Mixed messaged all round the world so not sure who is right to be honest.

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