Heemaal News Network
English News

TUI, easyJet, British Airways, Ryanair and Jet2 issued new holiday flight rules by government

TUI, easyJet, British Airways, Ryanair and Jet2 have all been issued new holiday flight rules by the government.

The guidance was issued ahead of easyJet resuming its flying programme on Monday.

British Airways and Ryanair, which have continued to operate a skeleton schedule during the pandemic, will ramp up their operations next month.

The Department for Transport issued the regulations in an effort to reduce the spread of Covid-19.

This includes asking passengers not to take any hand luggage on flights.

However, many have pointed out that airlines currently charge additional fees for putting luggage in the hold – and it’s unclear whether these fees will be waived, reports Kent Live.

They are also being encouraged to extensively clean aircraft, and increase the availability of handwashing and hand sanitiser.

After coronavirus globally grounded the majority of flights, the travel industry is now working towards getting anxious Brits flying again.

At the moment, only essential travel is allowed but a summer holiday could be on the cards.

The Foreign Office has said that the advice is under review, with sources claiming that travel may soon be allowed to low-risk countries.

Budget airline Ryanair has previously said that it may check passengers temperatures before flying once travel resumes.

Only wrapped snacks and drink will be available and travellers will have to request access for the toilet.

And plane interiors will be cleaned and disinfected in between journeys.

Meanwhile, easyJet has said no food will be offered and all passengers must wear masks.

The new guidance has been welcomed by Tim Alderslade, chief executive of Airlines UK, which represents major British carriers.

He said: “They demonstrate how airlines can apply targeted and multi-layered measures to ensure air travel is safe for customers and crew.

“The guidelines pave the way for the introduction of air bridges, and there is no reason we shouldn’t be getting clarity from Government on when and how these will be established over the coming days.”

It comes as a controversial quarantine rule began this week, mandating that nearly all international travellers isolate for 14 days upon arriving in the UK.

The widely criticised measure was dubbed a “shambles” on Monday after many arriving passengers said they were unaware of the rule.

Passengers must fill out a locator form which records where they will be staying for 14 days.

Strict rules mean they can only go out for food and emergencies and Public Health England have said they will be carrying out spot checks.

But there are hopes that air bridges could soon see Brits allowed to enjoy a summer break abroad.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “[The] guidance is a positive next step towards ensuring a safer and more sustainable aviation sector.

“The Government’s advice currently remains to avoid all non-essential travel, but today we are taking the necessary steps to ensure a framework is in place for the aviation industry to bounce back when it is safe for restrictions on travel to be lifted.”

Tim Hawkins, chief strategy officer at Manchester Airports Group, which owns and operates Manchester, London Stansted and East Midlands airports, said the guidance offers “clear information for us, our passengers and our airlines on the steps needed to create a safe travel experience”.

He added: “The guidance is the result of strong collaboration between Government and the aviation industry, drawing on advice from independent medical and scientific experts who have looked specifically at what safety measures are needed at each stage of the travel process.

“With similar protocols being adopted in other countries, and a targeted approach to reopening travel to low-risk countries, we will have the elements in place to get our economy moving again and protect jobs throughout the whole aviation supply chain.”

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More