Can we just send the whole of the Department for Transport to join transport secretary Grant Shapp on holiday in Spain and make sure they don’t come back? And can we send any of our leaders involved in managing Covid-19 on holiday to Florida for a special meeting with Mickey?
This weekend’s latest knee jerk reaction to a spike of Covid-19 cases in selected areas of Spain is probably the final nail in the coffin for many small and medium sized tour operators who were hoping for a modest recovery in demand in August.
With some cash coming in, at least both airlines and the wider travel trade could have demonstrated that demand will come back when they go cap in hand to the market for cash and loan guarantees this autumn. They can forget that now. (How’s the Sangria this morning Mr Shapps?)
It is also a decision that doesn’t make any sense. Anyone could happily now rebook an easyjet or Ryanair flight to connect via France, Germany or Switzerland if they really needed to avoid quarantine.
Challenged to get the economy working again, the UK airlines and tour operators initially made incredible progress to get scheduled services back in the skies at relatively short notice and put some consumer cash back into the wheels of the economy.