Travel industry hopes for faster international unlocking with the new health secretary

Six days after Matt Hancock warned international journey can be reopened solely “when it’s safe to do so”, his alternative will inform MPs about his plans to “return to normal as soon and as quickly as possible”.

The journey industry has broadly welcomed the appointment of the new health secretary, Sajid Javid. Senior figures anticipate Mr Hancock’s blocking of easing journeys overseas to get replaced with pragmatism from Mr Javid.

Just six days in the past, the now-disgraced health secretary warned: “There will be hassle, there will be delays, because the priority has got to be to keep the country safe and stop the virus coming back in.

“We want to protect this amazing progress we’ve made at home with the vaccination programme. We’ll get there when it’s safe to do so.”

But his alternative, Mr Javid, mentioned his precedence was “to see that we can return to normal as soon and as quickly as possible”.

The hope amongst airways, vacation corporations and the wider journey industry is that the new health secretary will likely be extra open to international journey.

Paul Charles, CEO of journey consultancy The PC Agency, mentioned: “He’s a libertarian and pro-business after his previous experience as Chancellor.

“I think Sajid Javid will unblock the logjam the sector has been experiencing and safely speed up wider overseas travel this summer. I also believe it’s possible he can unlock more green list countries from 19 July and enable those double-jabbed to be exempt from quarantine from that date.

“He’s a man who wants to do business with the travel sector and understands the pressures firms are under.”

The co-owner of Kicheche Safari Camps in Kenya, Paul Goldstein, mentioned: “Everyone from Chris Whitty to Theresa May has said we ‘must learn to live with Covid’ and this includes allowing vaccinated people to travel where they like .

“If he does that, travel may have a chance, or at least a better chance than it had with Hancock in charge.

“We don’t want money, we want to be able to do our jobs, Mr Javid. Throw us a bone please not a traffic light.”

The former director of technique for the British Airways dad or mum firm, IAG, proposed a novel concept for the new health secretary.

“NHS staff deserve a break and some recognition,” mentioned Robert Boyle. “The travel industry needs some financial help. How about the government paying for an overseas break for everyone in the NHS?”

At current Gibraltar, Iceland and Malta are the solely possible vacation locations on the authorities’s “green list,” however a number of different islands, together with the Balearics of Spain, Madeira and Barbados are on the “green watchlist” – that means quarantine might be imposed at any time.