Holiday companies need certainty on air bridges

LONDON (Reuters) - The UK boss of TUI (TUIGn.DE), Europe's biggest holiday company, urged Britain to provide more clarity on "air bridges", which will allow Britons to go on holiday without quarantining when they return.

FILE PHOTO: Passengers arrive at Heathrow Airport, as Britain launches its 14-day quarantine for international arrivals, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain, June 8, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Britain said on Friday it would ditch a 14-day quarantine period for people arriving from some countries, likely to include France, Greece and Spain, boosting hopes for a summer recovery in the travel industry. [nL8N2E34XU]

The government said it would provide more details this week with rule changes expected to come into effect the week after. Andrew Flintham, managing director of TUI UK & Ireland, called on the government to provide details as soon as possible. "We really do need that certainty, so if mid-week or Wednesday, or whenever it's going to be, if the government can give us that list of destinations we can go to," he told BBC Radio on Tuesday.

Greece on Monday provided some clarity, saying that direct flights from Britain to Greece will not be allowed to restart until July 15. [nL8N2E652C] Flintham said the air corridors could only open after "two-way conversations" between Britain and other countries. "I think there's still going to be a few bumps in the road," he said. British health minister Matt Hancock told LBC Radio that details would be provided "very very soon", confirming it will be this week.

TUI's Flintham warned that some countries might not open up and more holidays could be cancelled.

He said flare-ups of coronavirus in Britain, such as a local lockdown in the English city of Leicester announced on Monday, did not help.

Reporting by Sarah Young, additional reporting by Kate Holton, Editing by Paul Sandle

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