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The chaos continues. Wales has added three more Greek islands to its 'red list': Santorini, Serifos and Tinos, due to 'rising cases' of Covid-19, the Welsh government has announced. Returning holidaymakers will from today be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
These islands are already on England's red list, along with Crete, Lesbos, Mykonos and Zakynthos; while Scotland has applied the same restrictions to the whole of Greece.
It comes as anguished Scottish holidaymakers are being told they won't get refunds on their bookings to Greece and Portugal (also on Scotland's red list), meaning they'll either have to lose their money or agree to quarantine upon their return.
Jet2 has confirmed that its flights from Scotland to both destinations will go ahead as scheduled despite the new restrictions.
Telegraph Travel is calling for Covid-19 testing at all UK ports and airports, in place of ever-more confounding quarantine regulations.
That's it for today...
Here's a recap of the main headlines:
- Wales adds three more Greek islands to its 'red list'
- Covid airport test could be rolled out in UK by end of the month
- Taj Mahal to reopen after more than six months
- EasyJet apologises for 'forcing' passenger to wear a mask
- Lufthansa expands Covid-19 test centre at Frankfurt Airport following record number of tests
- Scots refused refunds for holidays to Portugal as differing quarantine policies create confusion
What makes Birch the most exciting hotel in the UK right now?
"In April, mid-lockdown, if you’d asked me to name the travel destination that would next lure me out of Margate, my money would have been on an international big-hitter, writes Anna Hart. "Perhaps California, where I have family, or Colombia, where I have unfulfilled travel aspirations. As it turns out, it was Cheshunt that finally got me out of Kent.
"Birch is the most talked-about hotel in the UK at the moment, mainly because it’s not really a hotel. Yes, it’s a Grade II listed Georgian mansion with 140 rooms, a gym, restaurants and people taking theatrical selfies on the steps, but the word “hotel” is conspicuously absent from its website and Instagram page."
Winter a 'write-off' for travel industry, says Ryanair boss
Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary has warned that the winter will be a "write-off" for the travel industry as the carrier cut its annual passenger target by a further 17pc, reports Simon Foy.
Mr O'Leary also joined the chorus of industry leaders calling for a testing regime to be implemented at airports, and lashed out at the UK's "lumpy and defective" quarantine policy.
The airline boss said: "We're hoping to see a vaccine emerge maybe in the first quarter of next year – but I think the winter of 2020 will essentially be a write-off."
As a result Ryanair will be forced to close some bases and cut capacity at others, he said, citing Britain, Ireland, Spain and Portugal as regions where cuts may take place.
Hotels vs. holiday rentals: which should you book?
What do you value most when it comes to a holiday stay in this day and age? Hygiene standards? Flexibility to amend or cancel bookings?
Jade Conroy explores the pros and cons of two key accommodation options – hotels and holiday rentals – in the new world order.
Former Thomas Cook staff unite to create new travel brand
A band of former Thomas Cook staff have come together to create a new online tour operator.
Sunny Heart Travel is set to launch later this month, and its founders hope to attract more ex-employees of the former travel giant, which collapsed in 2013.
Chief executive Steve Bentzen said: “When Thomas Cook collapsed a few of us got together and said why don’t we start up a travel company ourselves. We all have travel experience and we have been working on this for a year.
“We are ready to launch as soon as the nation’s confidence in travel returns. We have put together a broad product range, including flights, hotels and cruise as well as tours, sightseeing and ancillaries.”
The fledgling brand has now received an Atol license, currently for 1,000 passengers, and has already attracted 32 cruise lines and two million hotels to its portfolio.
Spain coronavirus cases remain high as bar and restaurant owners protest
Spanish bar, restaurant and nightclub owners today gathered in central Madrid to call on the government for tax reductions to survive the effects of the pandemic and lockdown.
Nightclubs currently remain shuttered in the central capital and restaurants and bars have only opened at reduced capacities in a bid to curb a rebound of Covid-19 cases in the country.
"Mister politicians, more help and less restrictions," one banner read, while another said: "Six months closed. Help!".
Spain's primary hospitality lobby has warned that 85,000 businesses are at risk of closure this year in a country that has been hit especially hard by the coronavirus.
Spain on Monday became the first Western European country to pass 500,000 cases, while its economy shrank a record 18.5 per cent in April-June, the sharpest drop among EU member states.
A postcard from Orkney, the Scottish island bereft of cruise ships but full of welcoming locals
When Sally Coffey took her family for a jaunt in Orkney, she described it as an island waking from a long nap, still a little groggy but pleased to see their friends had arrived:
Everywhere we went, locals told us that we were lucky to visit at a time like this – during the usual summer season, they said, cruise ships arrive bringing up to 7,000 additional visitors per day – a huge footfall when you consider the population of all the Orkney Islands totals just over 22,000.
My family and I relished the empty roads and beaches – while people on England’s south coast battled for space, we found ourselves with the golden sands of Waulkmill Bay near Orphir in the south of The Mainland, to ourselves. Under clear blue skies I went for an evening dip in some of the freshest and most translucent waters I’ve ever seen. Sure, it was cold, but it was also pure, and it felt like ours.
Surfer is arrested in Spain for breaking quarantine
A woman who was caught surfing when she was supposed to be in self-isolation was arrested on a beach in San Sebastian, northern Spain. According to local reports, she had tested positive for Covid-19.
The dark and gruesome history of Venice's quarantine islands
Returning holidaymakers currently under quarantine for being careless enough to go to Portugal or French Polynesia (and live in Wales or Scotland rather than England, or is it the other way round?) should spare a thought for the Giraffe of Venice. In 1828 this creature captured in the Nubian Desert was forced to spend a period of isolation on an island off La Serenissima with just two cows and a human minder for company.
The story of the hapless giraffe is one of many associated with certain islands of the Venetian lagoon, where the concept of quarantine (and indeed the word itself, derived from the Italian for “40 days”) was established during the plagues that swept across Europe in the Middle Ages. These isole del dolore (“islands of pain”), as the Venetians call them, are a far cry from the tourist hotspots of Torcello, Murano and Burano.
Which countries are next for the red list?
From the below chart, we can see that Denmark and Portugal are perilously close to losing their air corridor with England, and that Sweden should come off our naughty step...
Covid airport test could be rolled out in UK by end of the month
Boris Johnson has so far resisted growing calls for Covid-19 testing at airports, stating that it would give “a false sense of security” - despite growing pressure from The Telegraph's Test4Travel campaign for an end to quarantine, reports Tom Mulvihill.
But a new, improved on-the-spot test could be key to opening up travel in the future, in time to save the tourism and business travel industries from a catastrophic collapse.
The rapid antigen test, developed by Innova Medical Group and marketed by UK-based company Tried&Tested.Tech, is now being touted as a quicker, cheaper and far more reliable alternative to the more common polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.
This would potentially allowing the Government to replace quarantine restrictions with the type of rigorous testing programme The Telegraph is calling for.
Has the world gone mad? More bizarre Covid rules (all in the name of science)
If you thought the UK's latest rules were a tad over the top, behold: Oliver Smith's latest round-up of dodgy diktats from around the world.
- In Sri Lanka, the penalty for not wearing a mask in public is 14 days in quarantine
- In the Isle of Man, a 64-year-old was sentenced to jail for going to the pub
- In the US state of Maine, servers are wearing dog cones
St Lucia reopens to tourism
The Caribbean island of St Lucia has announced the restarting of its key tourist attractions, with some national parks and hiking trails open from today. The country – which is included in the UK's travel corridor list – has recorded just 26 Covid-19 infections to date, and currently has no active cases.
St Lucia's main attractions – which include the Gros Piton Trail, Toraille Waterfalls and Sulphur Springs – will have a staggered reopening to tourism, between now and December.
Fancy it? We don't blame you. British Airways is currently offering direct flights between London Gatwick and Saint Lucia, with return fares from £407 in October, £413 in November, and £419 in December.
UK's leading ski operator scraps all chalet holidays for the forthcoming season
Crystal Ski Holidays has dropped its entire ski chalet programme for this winter's ski season, citing the 'impact of Covid-19'.
The tour operator, owned by Tui, made the decision as pandemic restrictions continue to tighten across the UK and overseas – casting further doubt over the future of international travel.
The company is one of the largest ski holiday tour operators in the UK, and last season operated 45 catered chalets across the Alps. This winter, it had planned to run 30 chalets.
However, Crystal has stressed that the cuts are “for the coming season only, not forever” – and on September 3 it launched 2021/22 ski programme, earlier than ever before, in a bid to reassure skiers. The company has also issued a range of “peace of mind” pledges for customers keen to get back on the slopes.
What do England's new rules on gatherings mean for your staycation?
At 4pm today, the Prime Minister will give further details of England's new lockdown laws at a Downing Street news conference.
The tightening restrictions will see England outlawing gatherings of more than six people – from up to six different households – from Monday. But what does that mean for your staycation? And who will police your group holiday, if it is now illegal? Hazel Plush investigates.
Pressure grows for airport testing as Greek islands struck from 'safe' list
Intense pressure is mounting on the UK Government to introduce testing as a replacement for the quarantine laws that are causing misery for thousands of returning holidaymakers.
EasyJet CEO Johan Lundgren today called for testing on 'red zone' countries and said it was "the last chance to save the UK airline industry."
This morning at 4am marked the deadline by which English travellers had to return from seven Greek islands if they were to avoid the 14-day mandatory self-isolation requirement; Crete, Santorini, Lesvos, Serifos, Mykonosm, Tinos and Zakynthos (Zante).
Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharris told Telegraph Travel: "It's an unfortunate decision that we hope can be reversed or mitigated in due time. We feel we are doing everything in our power to keep people safe and we have the numbers to prove it."
More than 60,000 Britons were thought to be on the islands, which were added to England's 'red list' as Transport Secretary Grant Shapps introduced a regional approach to air corridors, leaving mainland Greece on the 'green list.'
Scots refused refunds for holidays to Portugal as differing quarantine policies create confusion
Many Scottish holidaymakers will not be refunded for trips to Portugal and Greece thanks to the chaos surrounding official Government advice.
Jet2 is one company to have confirmed that flights from Scotland to Portuguese and Greek holiday destinations will go ahead as scheduled, and that those with existing bookings will therefore not be entitled to their money back.
The Scottish government’s announcement last week that travellers will have to self-isolate when returning from anywhere in Greece or Portugal left many Scots scrambling to get home before the cut-off point on September 3, and many more unable to depart for their booked holidays due to the strict quarantine requirements.
But the confusion was made worse when the UK government updated the quarantine list for England, adding seven Greek islands, but retaining travel corridors with the rest of Greece and the whole of Portugal.
Singapore's skyway reopens
As Singapore's restrictions continue to ease. the famed skyway has reopened at the Gardens by the Bay.
Rapid coronavirus tests for daily use will unlock the UK, says Boris Johnson
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the Government is working towards all Britons taking a daily Covid-19 antigen test in order to unlock the nation.
Mr Johnson told the House of Commons:
A world we want to move to as fast as possible is a world where everyone can take enabling tests at the beginning of the day, an antigen test to identify whether or not we have the virus or not.
Like a pregnancy test within 15 minutes or so so that we know whether we are able to live our lives as normally as possible.
That’s the vision that the Health Secretary and others have been sketching out in the last few days. That’s where we intend to get to.
Antigen tests that take as little as 15 minutes are to be rolled out in France amid the country's soaring caseload.
Business Travel Association: 'The UK should be leading the way on a global testing strategy'
In case it has thus far passed you by, Telegraph Travel has been leading a campaign for the UK Government to ditch the 14-day quarantine laws in favour of a more nuanced airport testing approach.
Clive Wratten, CEO of the BTA (Business Travel Association), is behind it, stating:
The BTA has been calling for testing at airports since quarantine was first introduced. Today, it is an even more vital solution as we fight to save thousands of jobs across the business travel, travel and aviation sectors.
Throughout the world, Governments are using testing on arrival to revive their economies, maintain public health and restore confidence in travel. As we negotiate Brexit, it is important that Britain is seen as an open member of the international community.
Business travellers are an essential part of our ongoing trade, this is virtually at a standstill due to the uncertainty of quarantine regulations and the Government’s lack of an alternative plan. The UK should be seizing the opportunity to lead the way in creating a global agreement on testing so that it can be introduced without delay.
Watch: British holidaymakers stuck in Greece have their say
Wizz Air announces three new routes from UK
Low-cost carrier Wizz Air today announced the launch of three new routes as part of its UK expansion, despite an industry-wide slump in air travel.
Two services will run from Liverpool Airport, to the Moldovan capital of Chisinau and the Transylvanian city of Cluj-Napoca; and one from London Luton and to Catania, Sicily.
Fares start at £17.99 one-way and routes commence from October 22.
These follow Wizz Air’s recent announcement of new bases at Gatwick Airport and Doncaster Sheffield Airport, with new routes to Athens, Naples, Lanzarote and Malta from Gatwick and to Alicante, Malaga, Larnaca, Lublin, Kosice, Faro, Suceava, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Tenerife, Lisbon and Eindhoven from Doncaster Sheffield.
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Britain's airport are becoming 'ghost towns'
The UK’s airports are at risk of turning into ‘ghost towns’ as it is revealed 6,000 jobs have been lost at Gatwick alone.
Analysis by Unite, the UK’s aviation union, demonstrates the impact of the pandemic on airports and airlines. Bosses are keen to highlight the failures of the Government to protect jobs ahead of a parliamentary debate tomorrow.
Thousands of workers based at the airport, employed by both the airport and airlines and in roles throughout the supply chain have already lost their jobs since the start of the pandemic, with risk of further redundancies looming.
Unlike other European governments, the UK has yet to announce any specific support for the aviation industry, with news that the Department of Transport will publish a recovery plan in the near future being labeled as “too little too late.” Unions are calling for several measures to be implemented to prevent further devastation, including the suspension of air passenger duty, extension of job retention schemes and business rate relief for airports.
“If the government does not provide long-promised financial support to the sector further job losses are inevitable,” said Jamie Major, Unite’s regional officer.
'Jacques Cousteau for everyone' – the future of floating hotels could be sooner than you think
For travellers in the era of coronavirus, what could be more appealing than a private bubble suite, anchored offshore at a socially comfortable distance from anything or anyone else, with meals brought by floating butlers and cocktails by waiters on SUPs? Sci-fantasy? Or summer 2021?
Hotels queuing up to buy these futuristic James Bond-inspired pods, created by nautical architect Jean-Michel Ducancelle for Brittany-based company Anthénea.
Resembling white flying saucers, the pods were inspired by the amphibious capsule-cum-love-nest in which Roger Moore and Barbara Bach escape the clutches of megalomaniac Karl Stromberg at the climax of The Spy Who Loved Me.
Intrigued? Ros Belford has more.
Cases in Greece are on the up
A look at how cases are rising in Greece. There are now 13 cases per 100,000 (7-day cumulative figure) in Greece. The UK is at 19 cases per 100,000, Italy is at 15.6 and Portugal is at 24.2.
Thomas Cook brand could live again in imminent 'relaunch'
The Chinese conglomerate that snapped up the Thomas Cook brand after it collapsed into liquidation last summer is thought to be close to a relaunch of the company.
Fosun will unveil its plans to run Thomas Cook as an online travel agent as soon as this month, according to Sky News.
Insiders have suggested that an announcement about the revival of the 178-year-old brand could be made in the coming days, as long as Fosun secures the necessary regulatory approvals. It would also be subject to the introduction of any further quarantining restrictions on British citizens.
Lufthansa expands COVID-19 test centre at Frankfurt Airport following record number of tests
Lufthansa, the airline that launched Germany's first Covid-19 test centre, is expanding its service in Frankfurt and Hamburg Airports.
More than 150,000 passengers have thus far been tested at the hub, using the CENTOGENE PCR test, which displays results in 20 minutes for pre-registered subjects.
On average, only one per cent of the samples taken tested positive during the last six weeks. More than 97 per cent of these results were transmitted digitally to passengers in less than 24 hours.
The majority of these passengers were travelling from Spain, followed by the USA, Turkey and Croatia. Approximately 50,000 of these passengers were tested before departure to countries including China and Dubai where a negative test result is mandatory for entry.
On average, approximately 4,500 tests per day were carried out at the test centre in Frankfurt Airport during July and August and following the recent expansion, will now enable testing capacity to exceed 10,000 tests per day.
Dr. Volkmar Weckesser, CIO CENTOGENE, said:
"We firmly believe that broad-based testing is the key to preventing a further outbreak and supporting a new normal – especially where mobility is an essential contribution to the efficiency of our economy. We are absolutely convinced that this decision is correct and will therefore continue to significantly increase our testing capacities."
Ships owned by bust cruise line up for auction
Cruise & Maritime Voyages, the largest cruise line to collapse during the pandemic, has put five of its ships up for auction.
Four are laid up at the port of Tilbury and the fifth is at Bristol Avonmouth – the estimated value of the ships has not been disclosed.
Essex- based CMV ceased trading in July after failing to secure a bailout, but its former chief executive Christian Verhounig last month purchased some of its commercial assets, offering hope that the British line may be reborn in some capacity.
EasyJet apologises for 'forcing' passenger to wear a mask
EasyJet has apologised after one of its pilots threatened to remove a passenger from a flight for not wearing a face covering – despite him carrying an exemption card.
The pilot was filmed confronting the passenger, who suffers from breathing difficulties. The exemption card, which is issued to those who cannot wear a face covering for health reasons, was rejected by flight crew, the BBC reported.
The incident occurred on a flight from Jersey to Gatwick. The card was accepted on passenger's flight from England to the Channel Islands, but crew on the return journey told him that it was not valid.
The video shows the pilot refusing to accept the passenger's exemption card – and saying if he didn’t put on a mask, he “was off”.
A statement from the airline said: “We have recently updated our policies in line with recent UK government guidance so that as well as a medical certificate, customers can alternatively provide a relevant document from a government website or lanyard.
“We are sorry that this new policy was not recognised by the crew on this occasion.”
UK arts sector "will bloom again" once we have a vaccine
Matt Hancock said he is sure the UK arts sector "will bloom again" once we have a vaccine.
The Health Secretary made the comments in response to a threat from Andrew Lloyd Webber to move his shows abroad if British theatre does not get more government support.
Speaking to LBC, Mr Hancock said: "The UK has always, for centuries, been at the heart of theatre and the arts and I am sure that it will bloom again.
"One of the reasons that we are pushing so hard on the testing is in order to test people so that we can get our theatres full again and get our sports (stadiums) full of crowds.
"That is part of the solution that everybody wants to see, and for that I am relying on the technology working, the tests working and again like the vaccine that is currently being validated by the scientists."
Mr Hancock said the Government is working with theatres to try to get them fully open as quickly as possible.
See more from the Telegraph's Coronavirus Live News Blog.
A quick test or lengthy quarantine – which would you prefer?
The majority of Britons would rather take a Covid-19 test after their holiday – instead of facing a two-week quarantine on their return. So, we're calling on the UK Government to green-light screening at ports and airports, in order to get travel moving again.
Would you prefer to take a Covid-19 test on arrival in the UK, or quarantine for two weeks? Tell us in the comments below.
Oman to resume international flights from October
Oman Air, the Gulf country's national airline, has announced that it will resume international flights from next month. Oman suspended all international flights on March 29, and land borders remain closed.
However, with international restrictions tightening – and no place for Oman on the UK's travel corridor list – the FCDO urges caution: 'No further details have been released about entry requirements, visas or flight schedules. 'You should stay in touch with the airlines and monitor local media.'
#OmanAir is pleased to announce that scheduled international service will return on 1 October. We will continue to work closely with authorities and experts to ensure your safety and well-being at every stage of your journey. We look forward to welcoming you on board. pic.twitter.com/4IH9fv1qXW— Oman Air (@omanair) September 7, 2020
'Testing will go a long way to saving the cruise industry – but the Government needs to act now'
"Am I the only one totally confused? On the one hand, we’re told that test, test and test is the only way to get out of this Covid mess. Yet when asked to green-light testing at airports as a way to quash quarantine, the Government says no because it wouldn’t be "safe" enough.
"Make no mistake, I am at the front of the queue when it comes to calling for airport testing (and, since you ask, also willing to pay for it), because as The Telegraph’s Test4Travel campaign points out, this is not just about holidays. Without travel, airports, airlines, travel agents, hotels and a myriad other interconnected industries can never recover, and if they cannot recover, thousands of jobs and untold millions of UK income has gone.
But please Mr Hancock, Mr Shapps, or whoever’s turn it is to make decisions this week, when you finally come around to the idea that what is working in other countries would actually be a great idea in the UK, can you give the nod also to Covid testing at our cruise ports?
Jane Archer, Telegraph Travel's cruise expert, on how testing could save the cruise industry.
Taj Mahal to reopen after more than six months
India's famed white marble Taj Mahal in the northern city of Agra will also reopen on September 21, with access restricted to 5,000 tourists daily to prevent overcrowding.
This is despite India having the second-highest death tally in the world, hot on the heels of Brazil.
According to the Health Ministry, India's total caseload on Wednesday reached 4.37 million people.
The ministry also reported 1,115 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking total fatalities up to 73,890.
'No more parties' – British Columbia orders closure of all nightclubs
British Columbia has ordered the closure of all nightclubs and Ontario has delayed easing remaining restrictions, as Canada reports a spike in coronavirus cases.
The rise comes as schools across the country started to reopen after a nearly five-month forced shutdown to contain the spread of the virus, which has killed 9,153 people.
New cases jumped by 1,606 in the past 24 hours, taking the total to 133,748.
Canada's western province of British Columbia has asked restaurants, pubs and bars to end the sale of liquor at 10pm and ordered bars and restaurants to close by 11pm, unless serving food.
Canada's Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam said the increase in infections was concentrated among younger adults and cited the risk posed by private functions and family gatherings.
The premier of Ontario, Canada's most-populous province, railed against young people and students holding unauthorised parties and warned them he wanted the police to lay charges if necessary.
"No more parties. I just can't stress it enough," Doug Ford told a briefing on Tuesday.
Santorini mayor: 'We hope to see an explanation' after island is dropped from England's 'green list'
The mayor of Santorini, Antonis Sigalas, has expressed his shock over England's decision to axe the island from its quarantine-exempt list, telling Telegraph Travel:
We were surprised to see Santorini on the UK quarantine list yesterday. This list was updated only last Thursday, with no obvious health and safety risks portrayed in the data or expressed by the UK government to prepare us for this. Santorini has showed an exemplary handling of the situation and Greece has 13.1 cases per 100,000 residents in the past seven days, fewer than the UK and some other European countries without quarantine.
Santorini’s health protocols are strict and regularly monitored to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and at the island’s international airport large-scale number of diagnostic tests are being performed daily.
We hope to see an explanation behind this change, as this is having a huge impact on our island which is heavily reliant on tourism. We hope the decision will be revised soon and our British friends will keep enjoying their holidays in Santorini.
New Brexit travel rules will be a blow to second home owners
From January 1, 2021, when the UK leaves the EU for good, British citizens may only travel visa-free to Schengen area countries for fewer than 90 days at a time, it has been confirmed.
If, in any 180-day period, they choose to stay longer, they must apply for a visa – which would entail red tape, border queues, and perhaps also a levy.
This impending change has, of course, been well-aired throughout Brexit debates – but it was only on Monday that the FCDO’s online guidelines were updated on its official website. Its country-by-country guides, and ‘Living In’ advice pages – which detail regulations for British citizens who live abroad – now include full details of the 90-day limit for visitors to EU countries, as well as Iceland, Norway and Switzerland.
What are the different Greece travel policies, across the UK?
Travellers returning to England from the Greek islands of Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Mykonos, Crete, Santorini and Zakynthos (Zante) must quarantine for 14 days. Mainland Greece will retain its travel corridor status.
Those arriving into Wales from the Greek islands of Mykonos, Zakynthos, Lesvos, Paros and Antiparos and Crete have to self-isolate for 14 days. Mainland Greece retains its travel corridor.
Quarantine for anyone arriving from mainland Greece and all Greek islands.
No travel quarantine in place.
Calls for pre-flight Covid tests
Boris Johnson has been urged by an alliance of more than 400 British and US businesses to introduce compulsory Covid testing of travellers 48 hours before they fly so they can bypass quarantine and restore international aviation.
British American Business (BAB) said the move could shorten quarantine for arrivals in the UK by 10 days by having a second test after three or four days - thus opening up “air bridges” between the US and UK and other international routes.
BAB chief executive Duncan Edwards told The Telegraph that multinational corporations that split their business between the US and UK were desperate to cross the Atlantic to seal deals and re-invigorate trading links after lockdown.
What happened yesterday
A quick recap:
- TUI and Jet2 cancel Greek Island holidays
- UK quarantine approach 'costing travellers dearly', says Which? editor
- Taj Mahal to reopen more than six months after it was shut
- Spain sets Western Europe virus record with 500,000 infections
- Jordan reopens to tourists
- Turkey cases reach four-month high.