With government taking an “overly cautious” approach to reopening international travel there is a real risk that summer 2021 is as bad or worse than summer 2020.
That is according to the Airport Operators Association (AOA), which says the current green list representing only 1.7 per cent of 2019 passenger numbers.
In 2020, there were significantly more countries on the travel corridor list compared to what is expected for summer 2021 under the current traffic-light system.
Thanks to the larger numbers of countries with a travel corridor, passenger numbers peaked at 22 per cent of 2019 levels in August 2020.
Even with the more liberal travel approach in 2020, UK airports lost out on £2.6 billion revenue between April to September 2020.
With passenger numbers expected to be at best similar but most likely worse, airports stand to lose at least another £2.6 billion in revenue again this year.
Commenting, AOA chief executive, Karen Dee, said: “The government’s overly cautious approach to reopening travel has real-world consequences for the 1.6 million jobs in the UK aviation and tourism industries that rely on aviation having a meaningful restart.
“Unless the government makes a meaningful restart of aviation possible by extending the…