England’s Travel Industry Slumps Further Due to Lockdown

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The trouble with Covid -19 is never-ending. The tourism and aviation industry is already at its knees, presently. However, the second wave or the strong comeback of the trouble has made the UK  go into lockdown mode again.

However, this news is unsettling for many, as this new lockdown will crush many travel plans of the tourists. All non-essential travel within the country and abroad is banned. This period of lockdown starts from 5th November till the 2nd of December.

What happens to travel

The inbound travel will be under scrutiny. However, people with business or valid personal reasons for travel will be allowed to move. This lockdown is a result of a spike in cases.

Consequently, this lockdown has severe effects on people who had after months of lockdown planned trips to countries that are a part of Britain’s travel corridor. There will be many cancellations and refunds following this lockdown.

Emma Coulthurst of  TravelSupermarket stated that “a little more than a week ago, Grant Shapps told the British public that they could travel for leisure to the Canaries. On the back of this permission, people, many of whom haven’t gone away for months, decided to book a break in November – tens of thousands of people. The return of the Canaries was heralded as a glimmer of light for the industry and for holidaymakers. Now that has been torn to pieces”.  Any travel before the 5th of November will go as per schedule.

However, if someone is abroad and returns after the 5th of November, then one must check on flights, as they will be reduced due to less movement in the country.

Refunds and vouchers

This pandemic has shown new modes of business. The aviation industry has well adjusted to this need as well.

Airlines that will continue with reduced flights such as Ryanair, Easy Jet, or British Airways are not opting for a refund. In the case, of other airlines, the passengers will get a refund as per the laws. Jet2 or Tui have already issued statements for the full refunds. Such amounts are to be refunded within a fortnight to the consumers, as per the laws. However, the bulk of cancellations has made a slight disruption in payments, and many travel firms have made the refunds in months and weeks to the people.

Airports closure and travel corridor status

The airports will be open and operational for the limited flights that will be scheduled. As inbound travel in Britain is allowed. Hence, international travelers from those countries may visit the country. However, the people coming from the countries list on Quarantine List will have to strictly self-isolate.  

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