With authorities taking an “overly cautious” strategy to reopening worldwide journey there’s a actual threat that summer season 2021 is as unhealthy or worse than summer season 2020.
That’s based on the Airport Operators Affiliation (AOA), which says the present inexperienced checklist representing only one.7 per cent of 2019 passenger numbers.
In 2020, there have been considerably extra nations on the journey hall checklist in contrast to what’s anticipated for summer season 2021 beneath the present traffic-light system.
Due to the bigger numbers of nations with a journey hall, passenger numbers peaked at 22 per cent of 2019 ranges in August 2020.
Even with the extra liberal journey strategy in 2020, UK airports misplaced out on £2.6 billion income between April to September 2020.
With passenger numbers anticipated to be at finest comparable however most certainly worse, airports stand to lose at the least one other £2.6 billion in income once more this yr.
Commenting, AOA chief govt, Karen Dee, mentioned: “The federal government’s overly cautious strategy to reopening journey has real-world penalties for the 1.6 million jobs within the UK aviation and tourism industries that depend on aviation having a significant restart.
“Except the federal government makes a significant restart of aviation doable by extending the inexperienced checklist on the subsequent assessment, transferring to fast and reasonably priced checks for returning travellers and following the examples of the EU and the US by decreasing restrictions on absolutely vaccinated passengers, aviation is in for an especially tough summer season.
“Airports have suffered blow after blow because the begin of the pandemic.
“If the federal government decides it can’t reopen journey extra meaningfully, then they need to stand prepared to present substantial monetary compensation to airports and others in aviation and tourism.
“As airports stay open for important providers, assist ought to embody operational prices, resembling policing, air site visitors and CAA regulatory prices, and lengthening enterprise charge reduction in full till the top of the tax yr.
“With the remainder of the economic system having an actual alternative to return to some normality, jobs in companies throughout the economic system that want air connectivity for his or her success are in danger.
“The federal government can’t afford to let these go.”