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Travel Weekly 18th May 2020Abta puts forward plan to save thousands of outbound travel jobs 

Abta has written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlining plans it believes the government can implement to save tens of thousands of jobs in the outbound travel industry. Link 

Travel Weekly 18th May 2020Flights should resume between ‘low-risk’ countries 

The government is being urged to develop plans to re-start travel between “low-risk” countries as global Covid-19 lockdown measures are eased. Link 

Travel Weekly 18th May 2020Kuoni chief says government inaction ‘death by thousand cuts’ for industry 

The continued lack of clarity or any strategy for a return to travel from the government is tantamount to “death by a thousand cuts” for the sector, according to the boss of Kuoni parent Der Touristik. Link  

Travel Weekly 18th May 2020Comment: A gruelling shakeout of the travel sector lies ahead 

Amid the backdrop of a tragic and alarming number of coronavirus-related deaths, and thankfully survivors, we now need to prepare for what will be the most exhausting shakeout of the sector we love to work in. Link  

Travel Weekly 18th May 2020Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary dismisses UK quarantine as ‘bonkers’ 

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has slammed UK government plans to impose 14-day quarantine restrictions on arrivals as “bonkers” and “unfeasible”. Link  

Travel Weekly 18th May 2020Comment: Industry must present united return plan based on science 

For economic reasons, the leisure travel industry needs to be able to restart operations as early as possible, which is why we don’t like the 14-day isolation plan which will effectively kill holiday demand as long as it is in place. Link  

Express 18th May 2020Tenerife airport reopens: Flights to Spain set to start from Monday 

TENERIFE and four other major Spanish airports will reopen from Monday, the government has confirmed. The airports join a list of other reopenings announced yesterday. Link  

TTG 18th May 2020Heathrow to introduce thermal imaging screening this week 

Heathrow will begin to screen arrivals for Covid-19 symptoms using thermal cameras, starting from Thursday (21 May). Link  

TTG 18th May 2020: Staycation boost as govt backs ‘great British holidays’ 

Brits will be encouraged to take «a great British holiday» this summer – as soon as it is safe to do so. Link  

TTG 18th May 2020: ABTA demands update on govt work to help travel 

Abta has written to Boris Johnson demanding an update on the government’s action to address “the specific challenges” facing the travel industry. Link 

TTG 18th May 2020: UK to quarantine all arrivals from next month 

The UK will introduce an across the board quarantine requirement for air, sea, and other arrivals from June, transport secretary Grant Shapps has confirmed. Link 

Travel Weekly 19th May 2020‘Air bridges’ initiative raises hope for foreign holidays this summer 

The government’s “air bridges” plan to exempt low coronavirus inflection rate countries from a 14-day UK quarantine is being widely interpreted as providing a lifeline for foreign holidays this summer. Link 

Travel Weekly 19th May 2020Spain aims to open up to overseas holidaymakers by late June 

Spain aims to welcome back foreign visitors by late June to kick-start its travel economy. Link 

Travel Weekly 19th May 2020Covid-19 triggers soaring level of travel and leisure sector profit warnings 

The travel and leisure sector is set to emerge from the Covid-19 crisis behind leisure and hospitality. Link  

Express 19th May 2020Holidays 2020: Latest travel rules for Spain, Turkey and Portugal Britons need to know 

HOLIDAYS 2020 are something of a sore point for many Britons right due to the coronavirus-induced uncertainty around when travel will once again be possible. But what are the latest travel rules for popular holiday destinations Spain, Turkey and Portugal? Link  

Express 19th May 2020Holidays: Package holidays could double in price after coronavirus warns expert 

PACKAGE holidays are a popular option among many jet-setters due to the ease of booking and the good deals to be had. However, experts have warned this type of holiday could be set to double in price. Link 

Express 19th May 2020Summer holidays 2020: How Spain is planning to restart tourism in JUNE 

SPAIN has revealed it is aiming to reopen its borders at the end of June as daily deaths from coronavirus in the country fell below 100 for the second day in a row yesterday. Link  

TTG 19th May 2020: Coronavirus ‘Accelerating structural change’ in travel and leisure 

Coronavirus is accelerating structural change in the UK’s travel and leisure sector, and exacerbating existing weaknesses according to business advisory firm EY. Link 

NI Travel 19th May 2020 COVID-19: ABTA Calls for a “Coordinated Strategy and Clear Communication” 

ABTA – The Travel Association has written to the Prime Minister to provide an update on the specific challenges that the industry – in particular travel agents and tour operators – is facing as this crisis unfolds, and to call for a coordinated strategy supported by specific measures and clear communication by the Government. Link 

Travel Weekly 20th May 2020Travel agents hail 2020 domestic sales opportunity 

Travel agents have hailed the opportunity to promote 2020 as ‘the year of domestic tourism’ and capitalise on UK sales as uncertainty remains over the possibility of overseas holidays. Link 

Travel Weekly 20th May 2020Holiday prices and value predicted to return to pre-pandemic levels 

Holiday prices may rise in the next two to three years after a short-term drop, but will eventually return to pre-pandemic levels of value, according to the boss of Kuoni parent Der Touristik UK. Link  

Travel Weekly 20th May 2020Interest rises in holidays offering ‘isolation and minimal interaction’ 

Destinations and products which offer a perception of isolation and minimal interaction are trending for both long-haul and short-haul specialists. Link  

TTG 20th May 2020Iata: ‘No single measure to enable safe restart of flying’ 

Iata boss Alexandre de Juniac has said there is no single measure that will reduce risk and enable flying to restart safely amid the coronavirus crisis. Link  

TTG 20th May 2020: Don’t pin your hopes on air bridges, government indicates 

Quarantine-free ‘air bridges’ will not be part of initial plans to re-start international travel, the government has indicated. Link 

Travel Mole 20th May 2020PM considers extra bank holiday in October as tourism businesses warn of winter collapse 

VisitBritain acting CEO Patricia Yates is calling for an extra bank holiday in October to help Britain’s tourism industry recover some of the £37 billion in trade lost during the coronavirus crisis. Link  

Travel Daily 20th May 2020Spain will wait: TURESPAÑA new video keeps the destination front of mind for travellers 

The Spain Tourism Board or TURESPAÑA has released a video to remind visitors of the amazing experiences to be enjoyed in Spain and that it will wait for them to return with a warm welcome when lockdowns are lifted and travel returns. Link  

Independent 20th May 2020New Irish Tourism Recovery Taskforce to report ‘by the end of summer’ 

A new tourism taskforce will spearhead economic recovery for the sector and consider «all new and innovative ideas», Minister Shane Ross says. Link 

Independent 20th May 2020‘A calculated risk’ – Spain and Italy plan to resume summer holidays from June 

Both countries have been devastated by coronavirus, but say lockdown and public health measures are working, and tourism could begin to reboot from next month. Link  

Travel Weekly 21st May 2020Heathrow starts Covid-19 temperature check trials 

The deployment of the thermal equipment in Terminal 2 is part of a wider initiative looking at technology that could reduce the risk of contracting or transmitting Covid-19 in the future. Link  

Travel Weekly 21st May 2020Boris Johnson urged to review 14-day quarantine restrictions 

Boris Johnson is being urged to rethink the decision to impose 14-day quarantine restrictions on all arrivals to the UK. Link  

Travel Weekly 21st May 2020Industry leaders dismiss price hike fears 

Industry leaders have dismissed fears of prices rising beyond the reach of many consumers following the Covid-19 crisis, with Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary going so far as to predict a “torrid pricing environment”. Link  

TTG 21st May 2020: EU tourism ministers aim for ‘quick and full recovery’ of tourism 

European tourism ministers have vowed to do “all it takes” for a quick recovery of the continent’s tourism industry this summer. Link 

TTG 21st May 2020: EU sets out ‘blueprint’ for safe restoration of air travel 

The EU has drawn up new guidelines for the safe restoration of air travel, promising to place a focus on health and safety «at every stage of the passenger journey». Link 

Travel Daily 21st May 2020The Travel Corporation unveils COVID-19 protocols and hygiene standards for all of its holidays 

The Travel Corporation (TTC) and its guided vacations brands (Trafalgar, Luxury Gold, Insight Vacations, Contiki and Costsaver) have announced their newly enhanced COVID-19 related protocols and hygiene standards for all of its guided holidays once domestic and international travel resumes. Link 

Ittn 21st May 2020New Tourism Recovery Taskforce will be Chaired by Ruth Andrews 

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin T.D.,have announced the formation of a special Tourism Recovery Taskforce with an Independent Chair, dedicated to spearheading economic recovery for the tourism sector. Link 

Travel Weekly 22nd May 2020Abta adds new resources for members to coronavirus support hub 

Abta has added more resources for members to its coronavirus support hub including advice on how to protect businesses from cyber-attacks. Link 

Travel Weekly 22nd May 2020: Firms must restructure to survive, says Abercrombie & Kent boss 

The UK boss of Abercrombie & Kent has urged travel companies to learn from the current crisis and accept that restructures will be necessary to ensure businesses survive. Link 

Travel Weekly 22nd May 2020: Government to unveil quarantine plans including £1k fines and spot checks 

The government is expected to announce random spot checks on international arrivals and £1,000 fines for non-compliance as it unveils its quarantine plans on Friday. Link 

TTG 22nd May 2020: Packages comprise more than half of CMA holiday refund complaints 

Abta has backed the Competition and Market Authority’s decision to widen its refunds probe to include package travel, stating it was vital refund timeframes were made clear to consumers. Link 

TTG 22nd May 2020: MPS demand govt set out domestic tourism ‘recovery plan’  

A group of MPs have urged the government to set out a «recovery plan» for what they described as the UK’s «devastated» tourism industry, and how domestic holidays can be resumed safely. Link  

TTG 22nd May 2020: How the UK’s domestic tourism market is adapting post lockdown 

VisitBritain/VisitEngland acting CEO Patricia Yates gives an overview of the tourism market in Britain, offering insights into the impact on the industry from the Covid-19 pandemic while also offering an update on the plans the agency has put in place to support the tourism sector post lockdown. Link  


Travel Weekly 18th May 2020Ryanair confirms it owes up to 30 million refunds 

Ryanair owns tens of millions of refunds for cancelled flights despite distributing vouchers or cash refunds worth €300 million to date. Link 

Travel Weekly 18th May 2020Ryanair warns over losses continuing into summer peak 

Ryanair will plunge €200 million into the red in the current quarter with losses continuing into the summer peak. Link 

Eturbo news 18th May 2020: Ryanair CEO: UK response to COVID-19 is ‘idiotic’ 

The chief of Europe’s largest low cost airline has criticized UK government for its inept response to COVID-19 crisis. Link 

TTG 18th May 2020: Ryanair warns of passenger and profits slump 

Ryanair has said it expects to carry fewer than half its 2020/21 passenger target and predicts a loss of more than €200 million for April, May and June. Link  

TTG 19th May 2020: EasyJet discloses details of ‘highly sophisticated’ cyber attack 

EasyJet has disclosed details of cyber-attack from what it has described as a «highly sophisticated» source. Link 

Travel Mole 19th May 2020Union claims Ryanair is to axe up to 360 UK pilots 

Ryanair has confirmed that it is planning to make up to 336 pilots in the UK redundant, according to pilots’ union BALPA. Link  

Irish News 19th May 2020EasyJet customers’ credit card details stolen in cyber attack 

Budget airline easyJet has revealed that the peronsal information of nine million customers has been accessed in what the company described as a “highly sophisticated” cyber-attack. Link 

Ittn 19th May 2020Ryanair to Restore 40% of Scheduled Flights from 1 July 

Ryanair plans to return to 40% of normal flight schedules from Wednesday 1 July 2020, subject to Government restrictions on intra-EU flights being lifted and effective public health measures being put in place at airports. Link 

Travel Weekly 20th May 2020Airlines oppose government quarantine restrictions 

A combination of passenger temperature checks and contact tracing means there is no need for arriving travellers to be placed in quarantine, the airline trade body believes. Link 

Travel Weekly 20th May 2020Easa unveils safety rules for post-lockdown flying 

Flying post-lockdown will be transformed by Covid-19 safety requirements for airlines and airports, with draft guidance issued by the EU Aviation Safety Agency (Easa) last week. Link 

Belfast Live 20th May 2020: Complaints about airlines up by more than 360%, watchdog says 

The number of complaints from Northern Ireland customers about airlines more than trebled between March and May, the Consumer Council has said. Link  

Independent 20th May 2020Aer Lingus says face coverings mandatory on flights from Thursday, May 21 

Aer Lingus has joined a growing number of airlines requiring passengers to wear face coverings on flights. Link  

Travel Weekly 21st May 2020Jet2 owner bolsters finances with £170m share placing 

Jet2 and Jet2holidays’ owner Dart Group has raised more than £170 million through a share placing. Link 

Travel Weekly 21st May 2020Europe’s tourism ‘can restart in July, August’, says Ryanair 

Ryanair welcomed EU Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) guidance on Covid-19 safety for airlines and airports and urged the UK government to drop imposition of 14-day quarantine rules on arrivals. Link 

Travel Weekly 21st May 2020EASA releases Covid-19 guide for airports, airlines 

The EU Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has confirmed guidance on Covid-19 safety protocols for airlines and airports. Link 

Travel Weekly 21st May 2020EasyJet flights to resume in June 

EasyJet plans to resume a limited number of flights on June 15. Link 

Ittn 21st May 2020Emirates introduces Complimentary Hygiene Kits for every passenger 

Emirates has unveiled multi-faceted measures for employee and customer care at every step of the travel journey, redefining safety and hygiene standards on board and on the ground. Link 

Independent 21st May 2020: EasyJet to resume flights from June 15 – with enhanced cleaning and no in-flight food 

EasyJet is to resume flights from a number of UK airports from June 15. 

The low-cost carrier announced that its initial schedule will involve mainly domestic flying in the UK and France. Link  

Travellers and travel agents/ Tour operators 

TTG 18th May 2020: Travel Counsellors, Hays and JET2 rated ‘best for refunds’ 

Travel Counsellors, Hays Travel and Jet2 ranked among the top five travel brands for customer service amid the coronavirus crisis. Link  

Travel Mole 18th May 2020Kuoni launches adventure hub to ‘keep spirit of travel alive 

Kuoni has launched a new adventure hub to ‘keep the spirit of worldwide travel alive’ during lockdown. Link  

Travel Weekly 19th May 2020Travel agents plan more virtual marketing and networking in future 

Travel agents say they are likely to hold more virtual events in future to market holidays to clients and to engage with suppliers. Link  

TTG 21st May 2020: Fain: Covid will change travel and we must adapt 

Travel companies must adjust to a world in which “everything we do will have changed” as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to Royal Caribbean chief Richard Fain. Link 

Travel Weekly 22nd May 2020Travel agents and tour operators see revenues halve in March 

Travel agencies and tour operators have been the worst hit of all major UK industries by the COVID-19 crisis with turnover down by over a half. Link 

Travel Weekly 22nd May sees further shift in customer demand to 2021 departures 

Holiday price comparison website has reported increased shift in demand for 2021 holidays as uncertainty continues about the prospects for travel being allowed this summer. Link 

Travel Weekly 22nd May 2020Hoseasons parent starts to reopen to trade bookings 

Hoseasons parent Awaze has began bringing trade partners back on board to “put Britain back on sale” after switching them off temporarily as the Covid-19 crisis hit. Link  

Travel Mole 22nd May 2020TUI says sorry to customers over refund delays 

TUI has admitted to hundreds of thousands of customers ‘we didn’t always get it right’ over refunds and thanked third party agents for their patience. Link 

Travel Mole 22nd May 2020On the Beach places share issue to ride Covid crisis 

On the Beach has raised £67.3 million in a new share placing and has secured a £25 million bank loan in order to help offset the impact of Covid-19. Link 

Travel Mole 22nd May 2020Many agents and operators will go under, warns accountancy group 

Travel agencies and tour operators are the worst hit of all major industries by the coronavirus crisis, according to a national accountancy group. Link 


The Guardian 19th May 2020Brexit talks: Britain accuses EU of treating UK as ‘unworthy’ partner 

Britain’s chief negotiator, David Frost, has accused Brussels of treating the UK as an “unworthy” partner by offering a low-quality trade agreement that he says would force the country to “bend to EU norms”. Link  

RTE 20th May 2020Brexit has not gone away, as UK set to publish Northern Ireland plans 

Brexit is about to raise its contentious head again. Link  

BBC 20th May 2020Brexit: NI proposals to be published by government 

The UK government is expected to publish proposals on Wednesday for how to implement the Northern Ireland part of the Brexit deal. Link  

Express 20th May 2020: Brexit row explodes: Spain lashes out at UK amid looming threat of collapsed EU trade deal 

BREXIT talks have come to a standstill with both sides accusing the other of showing little flexibility and the UK demanding the EU budges on key issues such as fishing rights. Now Spain is urging negotiators to «stop posturing». Link 

Express 20th May 2020Brexit confession: How Michel Barnier claimed ‘UK likely to end up with Canada-style deal’ 

THE EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has ruled out granting Prime Minister Boris Johnson a Canada-style trade deal – something he had previously promised the UK, unearthed reports reveal. Link  


Travel Weekly 18th May 2020‘Less than half’ of Balearic hotels set to re-open this summer 

Hotels in the Balearic Islands are preparing to re-open for a later summer season between July and October. Link  

Travel Weekly 18th May 2020St Lucia outlines phased return of international tourism 

A phased approach to re-opening the tourism sector in St Lucia in a “responsible manner” from June 4 has been signalled by the island’s government. Link 

TTG 19th May 2020: Portugal to reopen hotels and beaches in June 

Portugal will begin to reopen its hotels and beaches next month, subject to «strict and rigorous» health and safety requirements. Link 

NI Travel 19th May 2020Portugal Enters Next Phase of their Lockdown Exit Plan 

Portugal is taking another step forward in the process of gradually re-opening up the economy and social living. Link 

The Telegraph 19th May 2020Where are the prime candidates for an ‘air bridge’ holiday this summer? 

International summer holidays were beginning to look like they would be off the cards, after Health Secretary Matt Hancock said “summer is essentially cancelled” and the government announced a compulsory 14-day quarantine for anyone arriving into the UK. Link  

Travel Weekly 20th May 2020Frontline NHS workers offered free Caribbean holidays 

Free holidays in the Caribbean will be given to eight frontline NHS workers in recognition of their fight against coronavirus. Link 

Travel Weekly 21st May 2020UK not top of the list when Greece reopens to international tourists 

The UK will have to improve its performance in tackling coronavirus before being seen as a key source market as Greece opens up to tourism this summer. Link 


Express 19th May 2020Pound to euro exchange rate: GBP ‘crumbles’ to six month low due to Brexit and coronavirus 

THE POUND to euro exchange rate has well and truly suffered at the hands of Brexit and coronavirus, with GBP plummeting to a six-month low against the euro. What could the week ahead have in store? Link  

City AM 20th May 2020UK inflation rate plunges to lowest level since 2016 amid coronavirus 

The UK inflation rate tumbled from 1.5 per cent in March to 0.8 per cent in April as coronavirus pushed Britain into lockdown, according to data out today. Link 

Express 21st May 2020Pound to euro exchange rate: GBP slumps further amid desperate EU economic battle 

THE POUND continued to lose ground against the euro yesterday amid economic concerns following the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Link 

The Guardian 21st May 2020UK economy set for slow rebound from ‘unprecedented slump’ 

Britain’s economy is on course for a slow rebound from the coronavirus outbreak amid mounting business concern over the hit to consumer demand and the looming end point for Brexit negotiations. Link 

City AM 21st May 2020UK economic pain eases somewhat in May but deep downturn continues 

The UK economy thawed slightly in May from its April deep-freeze as the government eased some coronavirus restrictions, survey data has shown. Link 

Irish Times 22nd May 2020Our warped sense of perspective bodes ill for Ireland’s economy 

If we don’t manage virus risks sensibly, our economy will rot in the ground. Link  

City AM 22nd May 2020Government borrowing hits record £62bn in April over coronavirus measures 

UK government borrowing rose by a record £62.1bn in April alone as the government paid people’s wages and loaned businesses cash to survive the coronavirus lockdown, statistics showed today. Link 

Financial Times 22nd May 2020A no-deal Brexit amid the pandemic would be disgraceful 

The wisest thing to do would be to reach a comprehensive free trade agreement with the EU. Link 

Express 22nd May 2020‘Defenceless on Dec 31!’ MoD insider blasts Boris Johnson’s ‘nonsense’ Galileo plan 

BREXIT negotiations between the UK and the European Union appear to have hit a wall after both sides launched scathing attacks over terms for a free trade agreement this week, but MoD insider Tobias Ellwood has reiterated the importance of securing a deal with the EU for British defence. Link 


Travel Weekly 18th May 2020Up to 30,000 Emirates jobs ‘at risk’ 

Emirates Group is reportedly on the verge of putting up to 30,000 jobs at risk as the latest carrier to make job cuts due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Link  

Sky News 20th May 2020Coronavirus: ‘I don’t know who I am anymore’ – Lives shattered by the coronavirus jobs crisis 

The pandemic is exacting a heavy toll on livelihoods in the UK – with unemployment claims rising to more than two million. Link 

The Milford Mercury 22nd May 2020: Here are worst areas in the UK for unemployment due to the Covid-19 pandemic 

The areas most severely affected by unemployment across the UK during the coronavirus pandemic have been revealed. Link 

Huffington Post 22nd May 2020: Youth Unemployment Is A Ticking Time Bomb 

Coronavirus lockdown means we are now running the risk of a whole generation ‘failing to launch’. Lockdown is creating an unprecedented crisis in the jobs’ market. The latest figures put unemployment levels at 2.1 million. In addition, we now have 7.5 million workers who have been furloughed 

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