Abta says the government’s new Global Travel Taskforce must take "decisive and urgent" action to protect thousands of businesses and tens of thousands of viable travel jobs.
Chief executive Mark Tanzer said the government’s announcement on Wednesday (7 October) acknowledged ministers recognised the need to get people travelling again to support the sector, which has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic.
The taskforce will explore how testing can be used to cut the current 14-day self-isolation requirement upon return to the UK from many holiday destinations.
The belief, among travel, is that a 14-day quarantine requirement is too long for customers to realistically consider overseas travel while it remains in place.
However, the hope is that any concession on reducing this quarantine period through testing, potentially even cutting it in half or more, could stimulate demand anew.