Travel bosses hope France could scrap tougher rules for Brits within weeks


Travel bosses are pinning their hopes on France scrapping a new travel ban for British tourists within weeks if the UK can show it has the Indian variant under control – as Spain insisted it was staying open to visitors.

Holidays and other non-essential trips to France will be banned for Britons from Monday, it was announced yesterday, while those who are allowed to travel face mandatory self-isolation for seven days and will have to provide a mandatory negative PCR or lateral flow test taken no more than 48 hours before departure. 

However, the French government seemed to row back on the threat of police checks today, with a government spokesman telling Le Parisien: ‘For the moment, given the low incidence of Covid in Great Britain, the home control system will not be applied to them.’ 

Visitors from the 15 countries already on the quarantine list, such as Brazil, India and Turkey, can be fined up to €1,500 for failing to self-isolate.

The new rules for France will come in place at midnight on Sunday, as the country joins Austria and Germany in tightening rules on British visitors in response to the spread of the Indian variant, which is now responsible for most new cases in the UK, according to leading epidemiologist Professor Neil Ferguson.

But today Paul Charles, chief executive of travel expert The PC Agency, suggested the French move would only be temporary.

He told MailOnline: ‘This is hopefully only a very short term measure from France until it becomes clearly how the Indian variant is behaving in the UK. So I don’t expect it to last too long, and it should be removed later in June.

‘Countries in Europe are beginning to worry about the extent of the variant and as the UK has such advanced testing capability it needs to publish its data as soon as possible in order to reassure other countries.

‘But I don’t expect this to last more than a month so I don’t expect this to impact the summer season. I think we’ll be in a different place by the middle of June.’ 

It came as new data suggested Britain’s coronavirus outbreak may not be spiralling out of control, with the number of people falling ill with symptoms of the disease falling by up to 10 per cent over the last week, according to a symptom-tracking app.

Academics at King’s College London and health-tech firm ZOE estimate that 2,550 Britons — and 1,919 people in England — were becoming ill every day on May 23. For comparison, figures a week before stood at 2,750 and 2,132, respectively.

Professor Tim Spector, the epidemiologist behind the Covid app, admitted that the Indian variant was becoming dominant in the UK. But he said national figures ‘remain unaffected’, despite numerous measures saying that the outbreak is starting to get bigger with the quick growth of the B.1.617.2 strain.  

Tourists and beachgoers enjoy the sea, sand and sun along the Mare e Sol beach in Coti-Chiavari last summer

Tourists and beachgoers enjoy the sea, sand and sun along the Mare e Sol beach in Coti-Chiavari last summer  

It came as Carolina Darias, Spain’s Health Minister, today defended the decision to put the UK on the country’s safe list and exempt people from Britain from providing proof of jabs or negative Covid tests.

Speaking after a meeting with regional health chiefs, Mrs Darias said: ‘We will keep tabs on the situation, but the conditions to open up to tourism are there. 

‘That’s especially true for British tourism, with the UK being one of the countries with most influence in our tourism market which is a fundamental part of our economy.’

She also highlighted the UK’s low accumulated coronavirus rate, as the number of hospitalised COVID-19 patients fell last week to its lowest level since September.

Coronavirus infections in the UK have been rising again, but the overall incidence is still low in a country with one of the world’s fastest vaccine rollouts.

Holiday islands may get the green light: Travel hotspots of Greek, Canary and Balearic isles could be added to quarantine-free list 

Some of the most popular holiday islands may be added to the quarantine-free ‘green’ list – even if their mainland is not, say ministers.

It raises the prospect of summer travel to the Greek, Canary and Balearic islands as the next tranche of green list countries are announced next month, even if Spain and Greece remain amber.

In response to an MP’s question about using the traffic-light system to reopen international travel, aviation minister Robert Courts said: ‘The Government will take an island approach for border measures where possible.

It raises the prospect of summer travel to the Greek, Canary and Balearic islands as the next tranche of green list countries are announced next month, even if Spain and Greece remain amber (pictured: the Greek island of Santorini)

It raises the prospect of summer travel to the Greek, Canary and Balearic islands as the next tranche of green list countries are announced next month, even if Spain and Greece remain amber (pictured: the Greek island of Santorini)

‘Changes to the traffic-light country system will be reviewed and implemented every three weeks, unless concerning evidence means we need to act faster to protect public health.’

The move could also see other islands in the Caribbean and Mediterranean opened up to holidaymakers separate from their mainland.

The green list will be reviewed next week with a formal announcement possibly on Thursday, with the changes coming into effect on June 7.

British Airways boss Sean Doyle said an ‘islands policy’ was crucial for getting tourism back up and running and unlocking holidays for millions of Britons.

The green list will be reviewed next week with a formal announcement possibly on Thursday, with the changes coming into effect on June 7 (file photo of passengers in the arrivals hall at Heathrow Airport in August last year)

The green list will be reviewed next week with a formal announcement possibly on Thursday, with the changes coming into effect on June 7 (file photo of passengers in the arrivals hall at Heathrow Airport in August last year)

British Airways boss Sean Doyle (pictured above) said an ‘islands policy’ was crucial for getting tourism back up and running and unlocking holidays for millions of Britons

British Airways boss Sean Doyle (pictured above) said an ‘islands policy’ was crucial for getting tourism back up and running and unlocking holidays for millions of Britons

But it came as Austria joined Germany yesterday and banned British tourists over fears about the Indian Covid variant.

Britain joins Brazil, India and South Africa on Austria’s list of ‘virus variant states’. Only Austrian citizens or people with residency rights will be allowed to enter the country from Britain. Direct flights from the UK will be halted from June 1.

Nearly a million Britons visit Austria every year but leisure breaks to the country, popular with skiers, will be off limits this summer if the ban continues.

Clusters of the B.1.617 Indian variant have grown quickly, however, to 3,424 as of last Thursday, up by 2,111 from similar numbers the previous week. The Indian variant has been reported in at least 17 countries. 

The French government’s announcement will be a blow to parts of the beleaguered tourism industry, which is desperate for a return to normal business ahead of the peak summer season. 

‘It’s reasonable in terms of saving the French summer but will be very punishing for those regions which depend on British holidaymakers,’ said Ge Kusters, owner of Le Paradis campsite in the Dordogne area and president of the regional campsite union.

‘More financial support is going to have to follow.’

British tourists had been due to be allowed to visit France without restrictions from June 9 if they carried a certificate of vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 PCR test.

Some 13 million Britons visited France every year before the coronavirus crisis began in early 2020, more than any other nationality, according to official data.

French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian had raised the possibility of tougher restrictions for British tourists on Sunday. 

He suggested the UK could be put in a health category of its own, somewhere in between the strictest measures that France is imposing on visitors from India and 15 other countries, and more relaxed requirements being readied for visitors from the EU and some other countries.

Without giving specifics, Mr Le Drian said there was potential for ‘health measures that are a bit stronger’ but Paris is watching the progress of the Indian variant before making final decisions.

‘We hope that the variant can be controlled in a country which experienced real failures during the pandemic,’ he said.

‘However, the arrival of the Indian variant and the increase of cases of Indian variant in the United Kingdom pose a problem and so we are vigilant about this (and) in contact with the British authorities,’ he added.

‘It won’t be the red treatment if we have to do it. It will be an intermediate treatment,’ the minister said.

‘But it is not excluded – this springs to mind because of British tourists – that we have health measures that are a bit stronger.’  

The tougher restrictions come after Germany declared Britain and Northern Ireland a virus variant region last week and required anyone entering the country from the UK to quarantine for two weeks on arrival.  

Austria also yesterday banned British tourists over fears about the Indian Covid variant.  

Rory Boland, Which? Travel Editor, said: ‘France’s decision to quarantine UK travellers in response to the Indian variant is a stark reminder of the unpredictability of international travel this year.

‘People would have already been confused about what travel is safe and permitted due to the country’s status on the UK’s amber list, and this announcement will cause even more stress for those with an upcoming booking. 

‘Many will be surprised to find that changing entry requirements and mandatory quarantine at your destination won’t always trigger a refund, especially for flights.

‘This demonstrates just how important it is for anyone thinking about booking a trip in the next few months to do so with a holiday company that has the most flexible booking policies available, so they are protected against significant disruption to travel plans that can often occur at short notice.’

Some 13 million Britons had visited France every year before the coronavirus crisis began in early 2020.

Other European nations have since welcomed British holidaymakers back to their beaches with open arms.

Travellers will soon be able to visit 20 destinations on the Continent without having to quarantine upon arrival – despite 18 of those welcoming sun-seekers still being on the ‘amber list.’ 

Spain has lifted its restrictions on travellers from the UK, with Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez saying: ‘Spain will be delighted, very delighted to welcome all British tourists’.  

The popular holiday hotspot joins Italy, Greece and Cyprus in permitting Britons to arrive without quarantine. 

However, if tourists do decide to travel to these ‘amber list’ destinations, they will need to self-isolate for 10 days and get tested twice upon their return to the UK.  

Portugal is the only major tourist destination on Britain's 'green list', meaning people can go without the need to quarantine

Portugal is the only major tourist destination on Britain’s ‘green list’, meaning people can go without the need to quarantine 

People wait in a line to receive vaccinations in Barcelona today after Spain lifted the travel restriction from the UK

People wait in a line to receive vaccinations in Barcelona today after Spain lifted the travel restriction from the UK

Covid-19 cases in a selection of the ‘amber list’ European countries where Britons don’t have to quarantine upon arrival

Spain defends welcoming British tourists, saying they are vital to the economy 

Spain today defended its decision to open up to British tourists despite France and Germany unveiling tougher rules.

Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez allowed UK holidaymakers to return for the first time this year on Monday with no Covid test or vaccine requirements.

The surprise move came after Germany said it was barring Britons from entering after public health chiefs designated the UK as a virus variant area of concern.

France subsequently followed suit by saying Britons heading to the country would have to quarantine for seven days and provide a negative coronavirus test to prevent the spread of the Indian variant.

Portugal, the first major European holiday destination to be put on the UK’s green travel list, is demanding British tourists show proof of a negative Covid test.

The number of UK holidaymakers jetting to Spain has been low so far because of its amber status which means sun seekers have to quarantine when they return.

But Carolina Darias, Spain’s Health Minister, defended the decision to put the UK on the country’s safe list and exempt people from Britain from providing proof of jabs or negative Covid tests.

On June 7 Spain will allow tourists from around the world to enter the country, providing they can prove they have had all their Covid vaccinations.

Speaking after a meeting with regional health chiefs, Mrs Darias said: ‘We will keep tabs on the situation, but the conditions to open up to tourism are there.

‘That’s especially true for British tourism, with the UK being one of the countries with most influence in our tourism market which is a fundamental part of our economy.’

She also highlighted the UK’s low accumulated coronavirus rate as one of the reasons why it was on Spain’s safe list.

The Balearic Islands and Canary Islands are hoping to make the UK’s green list in the next ‘traffic light’ system review at the start of next month, even if mainland Spain remains on amber.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has confirmed islands would be looked at separately when travel rules are updated on June 7.

Iago Negueruela, the Balearic Islands’ tourism minister, has spent several weeks campaigning for the region to be treated separately from the Spanish mainland so British tourists can book holidays without having to quarantine on their return.

The islands’ 14-day cumulative coronavirus rate is currently 37,67 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, lower than Portugal’s.

Just over 40 people with Covid are in hospital in the islands, 18 per cent less than a week ago. 

British tourists had been due to be allowed to visit France without restrictions from June 9 if they carried a certificate of vaccination against Covid-19 or a negative PCR test. 

Visitors from the UK are currently required to present a negative PCR test carried out less than 72 hours before departure and self-isolate for seven days.   

They are then asked to take another PCR test which must be negative for them to end the quarantine period.

It is unclear how the tightened restrictions announced today will change these measures.     

France is broadly following the EU’s template for welcoming tourists, which are in the process of being updated. A ‘traffic light system’ should be fleshed out soon for what the restrictions for each category will be. 

The latest blow for British holidaymakers comes as travel bosses today slammed Downing Street’s ‘utterly confusing’ advice on foreign holidays and demanded the ‘green list’ is quickly expanded.

The CEOs of easyJet, British Airways, Ryanair, Jet2, Tui UK and others have written to the Prime Minister to share their frustration at ministers’ recent comments telling Britons travel is ‘dangerous’ and urging them to ‘stay in this country’ rather than holiday abroad.

They asked Boris Johnson to ‘bank the gains from the huge success of the vaccination programme and expand the green list’ to include the US, the Caribbean and other European hotspots, saying Britons are now being left behind their neighbours. 

The signatories, which also included the CEO of Virgin Atlantic and Loganair, added they ‘fully understand’ concerns about the Indian variant of Covid-19, but say comments made in the past week have ‘moved the goalposts’ and ‘undermined the very purpose of the risk-based traffic light system.’

The letter says: ‘The Government now appears not to want a meaningful restart to international travel this summer, and it is impossible for any business or consumers to plan under this scenario, such that we are genuinely fearful that some UK businesses may fail.

‘Failures can be avoided. The science shows clearly the green list can be expanded safely now, including to many European countries, the US and the Caribbean. 

‘Many currently amber countries have significant levels of vaccinations, rapidly decreasing case numbers and, according to test and trace data, often considerably less than one per cent of arrivals testing positive with no identified variants of concern entering the country. Under an evidence-based system based on risk, these should be green.’

It comes as it emerged today that some of the most popular holiday islands for eager British holidaymakers may soon be added to the quarantine-free ‘green’ list – even if their mainland is not.

This raises the prospect of summer travel to the Greek, Canary and Balearic islands as the next tranche of green list countries are announced next month, even if Spain and Greece remain amber.

Fuengirola beach near Malaga is pictured on Monday as UK holidaymakers set their sights on a trip to Spain

Fuengirola beach near Malaga is pictured on Monday as UK holidaymakers set their sights on a trip to Spain

Three women talk to each other while sunbathing on the beach at Fuengirola near Malaga in Spain on Monday

Three women talk to each other while sunbathing on the beach at Fuengirola near Malaga in Spain on Monday

Cases are only clearly rising in THREE of England’s eight Indian variant hotspots, data shows 

By Joe Davies for MailOnline  

Covid cases are only rising in two of England’s Indian variant hotspots, official data showed today amid warnings that people aged under 21 may be more likely to catch the mutant strain.

Blackburn with Darwen and Kirklees are the only areas of the eight identified by ministers to have seen an obvious rise in seven-day case averages.

Burnley has seen a clear fall in the average number of cases, based on the most recent statistics released on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard, while the five other areas have seen cases flatten out.

And hospitalisations for Covid have remained in the single figures for all but one of the eight areas — Bolton, which saw a fall from 44 to 41 beds on Tuesday. 

Experts previously told MailOnline hospitalisations in the area are currently lower than they would have been predicted based on case numbers a fortnight ago.

And this morning Professor Christina Pagel hailed the most recent case numbers as ‘good news’, despite previously advocating for the UK to delay its last stage of lockdown easing on May 17.

She tweeted: ‘So some good news: cases in some of the new variant hotspots are now coming down – especially in Bolton.’ 

Speaking in the letter today, travel leaders warned the UK risks ‘falling behind the rest of the world, with long-term consequences for our connectivity and prospects of a Global Britain’ if it remains grounded while the rest of Europe opens up. 

They added that Britain has ‘never been in a better position’ to manage the risk from Covid-19 due to its highly successful vaccine roll-out which today opened to those aged 30 and above. 

The letter added: ‘Along with the vaccination programme, our testing system allows us to assess inbound risk from medium and higher risk countries. With this safety net, we urge you to stick to the established framework, end confusion for travellers and allow our businesses to plan.

‘Airlines can deliver a meaningful restart safely but a second lost summer for the sector, due to a limited expansion of the green list compared to our neighbours, would cause lasting damage to the UK’s aviation, travel and tourism industries. 

‘In that case there would be an urgent need for a dedicated aviation economic support package to safeguard many thousands of jobs otherwise under threat and protect the essential infrastructure that will be critical to the UK’s recovery and future prosperity.’

Speaking earlier, the CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, Steve Heapy, insisted confusion over foreign holidays was worsened by the fact Foreign Office advice was not always aligned with the traffic light system.

He told the Guardian: To have two separate lists is utterly confusing … we have to make decisions based on conflicting information.’ 

EasyJet boss Johan Lundgren said: ‘Customers want to travel this summer – they value their holidays, want to reunite with loved ones after many months of separation and develop their businesses so I urge the Government to increase the Green list and let the UK take off once again.’  

Andrew Flintham, Managing Director for TUI UK and Ireland, said holidays to destinations including Spain, Greece, some Caribbean islands and the US should now be possible due to the worldwide vaccination effort.

The green list will be reviewed next week with a formal announcement possibly on Thursday, with the changes coming into effect on June 7 (file photo of passengers in the arrivals hall at Heathrow Airport in August last year)

The green list will be reviewed next week with a formal announcement possibly on Thursday, with the changes coming into effect on June 7 (file photo of passengers in the arrivals hall at Heathrow Airport in August last year)

Some of the most popular holiday islands may be added to the quarantine-free ‘green’ list – even if their mainland is not, say ministers. Pictured: Santorini, Greece

 Some of the most popular holiday islands may be added to the quarantine-free ‘green’ list – even if their mainland is not, say ministers. Pictured: Santorini, Greece

The latest blow for British holidaymakers comes as travel bosses today slammed Downing Street's 'utterly confusing' advice on foreign holidays and demanded the 'green list' is quickly expanded. Pictured: Mallorca, Spain

The latest blow for British holidaymakers comes as travel bosses today slammed Downing Street’s ‘utterly confusing’ advice on foreign holidays and demanded the ‘green list’ is quickly expanded. Pictured: Mallorca, Spain

The CEOs of easyJet, British Airways, Ryanair, Jet2, Tui UK and others have written to the Prime Minister to share their frustration at ministers' recent comments telling Britons travel is 'dangerous' and urging them to 'stay in this country' rather than holiday abroad. Pictured: Tenerife, Spain

The CEOs of easyJet, British Airways, Ryanair, Jet2, Tui UK and others have written to the Prime Minister to share their frustration at ministers’ recent comments telling Britons travel is ‘dangerous’ and urging them to ‘stay in this country’ rather than holiday abroad. Pictured: Tenerife, Spain

Travel hotspots of Greek, Canary and Balearic isles could be added to quarantine-free list 

Some of the most popular holiday islands may be added to the quarantine-free ‘green’ list – even if their mainland is not, say ministers.

It raises the prospect of summer travel to the Greek, Canary and Balearic islands as the next tranche of green list countries are announced next month, even if Spain and Greece remain amber.

In response to an MP’s question about using the traffic-light system to reopen international travel, aviation minister Robert Courts said: ‘The Government will take an island approach for border measures where possible.

‘Changes to the traffic-light country system will be reviewed and implemented every three weeks, unless concerning evidence means we need to act faster to protect public health.’

The move could also see other islands in the Caribbean and Mediterranean opened up to holidaymakers separate from their mainland.

The green list will be reviewed next week with a formal announcement possibly on Thursday, with the changes coming into effect on June 7.

British Airways boss Sean Doyle said an ‘islands policy’ was crucial for getting tourism back up and running and unlocking holidays for millions of Britons.

But it came as Austria joined Germany yesterday and banned British tourists over fears about the Indian Covid variant.

Britain joins Brazil, India and South Africa on Austria’s list of ‘virus variant states’. Only Austrian citizens or people with residency rights will be allowed to enter the country from Britain. Direct flights from the UK will be halted from June 1.

Nearly a million Britons visit Austria every year but leisure breaks to the country, popular with skiers, will be off limits this summer if the ban continues.

He added: ‘We’re already seeing other European markets open up to travel and welcome back customers, so now is the time for the UK to do the same. We’re a nation of travellers, so it’s time to stop limiting our ability to travel where it’s safe to do so. 

‘Whilst we’ve offered outstanding flexibility for customers this summer, what customers really want is to be able to take the holiday they’ve booked and look forward to.’

Charlie Cornish, CEO of Manchester Airports Group, owner of Stansted, Manchester and East Midlands airports, said: ‘The Government is holding back international travel despite clear evidence that more countries should be on the green list. 

‘The UK’s traffic light system ignores the benefits of our world-leading vaccination programme, which was meant to give Britain a head start and let people visit family and go on holiday this summer. Instead, the Government is actively telling people not to travel to amber list countries despite creating a system that makes it safe for them to do so.

‘At the same time, we are requiring millions of people with immunity from Covid-19 to pay for PCR tests to gather data on variants that other governments reliably collect already. 

‘With so much at stake, the Government must work transparently and collaboratively with industry to create a simple, fair and sustainable system that will truly get Britain flying again.’

Tim Alderslade, CEO of Airlines UK, the industry body representing UK-registered carriers, said: ‘The UK will rapidly fall behind the rest of Europe unless it looks again at its overly cautious approach to international travel. 

‘There is no reason why our green list can’t be expanded to include the US and the most popular European hotspots, or for the UK not to follow the EU’s lead in exempting vaccinated travellers from restrictions.

‘It is time to allow UK citizens to take advantage of the fantastic success of the vaccine rollout but at the moment our competitors are reacting faster to the improving health situation and will reap the rewards this summer.’

Mark Tanzer, CEO of Abta – The Travel Association, said: ‘It is illogical for the Government to not follow its own traffic light system – it makes no sense for Ministers to say people shouldn’t travel to amber countries when the Government’s own system allows people to do so in a risk-managed way. 

‘Travel agents and tour operators, and their customers, need a clear and simple system to follow without contradictions otherwise our sector’s recovery will be unnecessarily slow and drawn out.’ 

Airline and holiday firm bosses write letter to Boris Johnson urging the Prime Minister to ‘let Britain fly again’ and expand the ‘green list’

Dear Prime Minister,

‘Let Britain Fly Again’

As leaders of the UK’s aviation, travel and tourism sectors, we are writing to you to seek urgent clarity on the position of the UK Government regarding the restart to international travel this summer.

May 17 saw the welcome but extremely limited restart of non-essential international travel, which was intended to deliver a sustainable and robust return of air travel with government policy clear that ‘the resumption of international travel is vital for the economy and the general public, and for allowing families and friends to reconnect and reunite’.

We fully understand concerns about the B.1.617 Indian variant, and potential others. It is clear why India was placed on the red list and we continue to support its use for the highest risk countries. However, formal comments made by Ministers during the last week have moved the goalposts, undermining the very purpose of the risk-based traffic light system.

We were dismayed to hear Ministers say that travel is ‘dangerous’, that people should ‘stay in this country’ and not travel to amber countries – despite this being legal – given that the framework includes such strong safety mitigations. The Government now appears not to want a meaningful restart to international travel this summer, and it is impossible for any business or consumers to plan under this scenario, such that we are genuinely fearful that some UK businesses may fail.

Failures can be avoided. The science shows clearly the green list can be expanded safely now, including to many European countries, the US and the Caribbean. Many currently amber countries have significant levels of vaccinations, rapidly decreasing case numbers and, according to test and trace data, often considerably less than 1% of arrivals testing positive with no identified variants of concern entering the country. Under an evidence-based system based on risk, these should be green.

The UK has never been in a better position to manage the risk from Covid-19. Vaccines prevent people getting ill 95% of the time, protect against all known variants of Covid-19 and reduce transmission by at least 50 per cent. Both the AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines are highly effective against the B.1.617 Indian variant according to new PHE data. 

Along with the vaccination programme, our testing system allows us to assess inbound risk from medium and higher risk countries. With this safety net, we urge you to stick to the established framework, end confusion for travellers and allow our businesses to plan.

Whilst we stay grounded, the rest of Europe is now opening up, introducing waivers for vaccinated persons and easing the criteria to lift restrictions for third countries. Spain announced last Friday that anyone who is fully vaccinated can enter without restriction. The UK is falling behind the rest of the world, with long-term consequences for our connectivity and prospects of a Global Britain. To ensure the UK benefits from a vaccine dividend, Government must recognise the protection its successful vaccination programme now provides and the large numbers of countries moving to a low-risk position.

Airlines can deliver a meaningful restart safely but a second lost summer for the sector, due to a limited expansion of the green list compared to our neighbours, would cause lasting damage to the UK’s aviation, travel and tourism industries. In that case there would be an urgent need for a dedicated aviation economic support package to safeguard many thousands of jobs otherwise under threat and protect the essential infrastructure that will be critical to the UK’s recovery and future prosperity.

We request an urgent opportunity to meet with you to discuss this situation.

Yours sincerely,

Tim Alderslade, Chief Executive, Airlines UK; Johan Lundgren, Chief Executive Officer, easyJet; Sean Doyle, Chief Executive, British Airways; Steve Heapy, Chief Executive Officer, Jet2.com Limited & Jet2holidays Limited; Andrew Flintham, CEO, TUI UK&I; Charlie Cornish, Group Chief Executive, Manchester Airports Group; Michael O’Leary, CEO, Ryanair Group; Jonathan Hinkles, Chief Executive, Loganair; Shai Weiss, CEO, Virgin Atlantic Limited; Mark Tanzer, Chief Executive, ABTA; Daniele Broccoli, Managing Director, Typically Italian/Typically Spain; Jamie Gardiner, Managing Director, Diverse World.

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