Are you going to go abroad after the news of the abolition of air bridges? Ministers are working to move forward with plans for “airlifts” from next week, but Nicola Sturgeon has proposed that Scotland not sign the deal, excluding major airports in Glasgow and Edinburgh from the agreements and making free movement in the UK more complex. When will this come into effect? The policy has not yet been officially announced; Travel corridors are expected to be in place on June 28 or 29, the first air bridges will come into effect on July 4. Outside of the airlifts, brewers are gearing up for Super Saturday, when pubs are set to reopen across England. The Daily Telegraph newspaper said it understood that Prime Minister Boris Johnson was meeting with Portugal, Greece and France to build air bridges. Is demand high or are people cautious? Sean Tipton of Abta, a British travel association, says: “It`s a very mixed picture – some people are desperate to catch the first plane from here, others won`t be comfortable when they travel yet. Overall, demand for this time of year will likely be lower than usual, but that`s not necessarily a bad thing – it`s going to make social distancing easier. Paul Charles, a travel PR specialist who asked the government to sketch out its airlift plans, says: “There is a lot of need for a sequel, but the level depends on the type of vacation. Villa bookings will explode because people want space and privacy, while hotels and packages will be slower this summer. Sunvil, a company specializing in holidays in Greece, last week saw a slight increase in bookings and expects to work with a capacity of around 25%. Transport Minister Grant Shapps appears to be accusing the decentralized administrations of the lack of announcements on airlifts. Airlifts are a “political invention,” Cord Schellenberg, an independent aviation expert, told Euronews. The list was drawn up with a “traffic light system”, with the granting of “green” and “yellow” air bridges to countries. The first airlifts in countries at risk could come into force as early as 4 July. Plans for bilateral agreements with some countries to allow the resumption of the summer holidays are expected to be announced last weekend, but there are now fears that the details will not be known until tomorrow at the earliest. The travel industry reacted angrily to the delay.
The United Kingdom has been ready for a few weeks to announce airlift agreements. Spain, France and Italy will be among the first to have airlift agreements with the UK. Air bridges are being built with other countries less infected with Covid 19. The government has been accused of misleading public opinion and the struggling travel industry due to stagnant airlift negotiations.