Overseas travel to some of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations may not restart until August, the industry has been warned.
Toni Mayor, head of the Hosbec association of Valencia region hoteliers, said he did not expect to see UK tourism take off until August, The Telegraph reports.
It follows a meeting with Hugh Elliot, the UK’s ambassador to Spain.
Mayor said such were Covid infection levels in Spain, he didn’t anticipate any movement until mid-July.
Typically, it takes between a couple of weeks and a month for airlines and operators to restore their capacity and holiday programmes.
According to The Telegraph, Turkish tourism officials received a similar update following a meeting with the Foreign Office. Turkey remains on the UK government’s international travel red list.
His comments came after Boris Johnson announced a four-week delay to the UK’s 21 June domestic unlock.
The prime minister played down the prospect of an extension to the furlough scheme, and declined to offer any further guidance on international leisure travel this summer.
According to The Telegraph, several major British airlines have already started reducing their schedules, with easyJet adjusting down its July capacity for Greece and France.
The Independent, meanwhile, reports easyJet is transferring some UK capacity to its European operations.
TTG has approached easyJet for comment.