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Business groups accept plan to close travel corridors across the UK



Business groups have accept the decision across the UK to close all travel corridors.

Travel trade body the Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association (SPAA) and the CBI agreed with the move.

SPAA president Joanne Dooey said: “We are wholly supportive of measures taken to protect the health of everyone in the UK.

“There were few travel corridors left open for UK travellers, so we’ve been moving towards this state for some time now.

“The vitally important step that needs to be taken now is for the UK and Scottish governments to work with our industry to develop a robust strategy for the restarting of travel to and from the UK.

“We need a clear and credible route map for recovery which covers exactly what testing protocols will be and how testing will be managed. Any recovery will be complicated and lengthy but we need high level agreement of the processes for this.”

CBI chief UK policy director Matthew Fell said: “Health comes first, and firms affected will understand the Government must act to protect people from new COVID-19 variants. This action also underscores the need for effective vaccines and testing regimes to be rolled out rapidly worldwide.

“While done with the best of intentions this will undoubtedly come as a further blow to aviation industry, which has already suffered significantly during the crisis, highlighting the need for targeted fiscal support.

“Close coordination with business and further measures to rebuild demand will be essential for reenergising the aviation sector as restrictions begin to lift.”

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