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Foreign holiday season most likely to be cancelled, says minister

Foreign holiday season most likely to be cancelled, says minister
Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMatt Hancock: "Unlikely that big, lavish international holidays are going to possible for this summer" Many British people are unlikely to be able to take foreign holidays this summer because of coronavirus, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said.He told ITV's This Morning it's "likely to be the…

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Media caption Matt Hancock: “Unlikely that big, luxurious international vacations are going to possible for this summer season”

He told ITV’s This Morning it’s “likely to be the case” there won’t be a normal summertime vacation season.

But Mr Hancock said the traditional big-break holiday season is not likely.

Ryanair employer Michael O’Leary, who last month said that leaving the middle seat free to assist social distancing was “idiotic”, said he planned to offer as numerous seats as possible this summertime.

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The statement came in spite of federal government plans to introduce a 14- day quarantine for global tourists to avoid a second spike in the virus, infuriating airline companies which prepared to resume flying in the coming months.

Willie Walsh, manager of rival firm IAG, which owns British Airways, criticised the relocation, warning it would require him to examine his strategies to increase flights in the summertime.

” There’s nothing positive in anything I heard the prime minister say [on Sunday],” he informed MPs.

Virgin Atlantic likewise launched its summer season schedule for 2021 on Tuesday, assuring more flights to Tel Aviv along with routes connecting Florida with Manchester, Glasgow, London Heathrow and Belfast after it took out of Gatwick.

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Scenes that are unlikely to be seen this summer season.

Mr Hay told BBC Radio 5 Live: “There is a real desire to go on vacation.

Mr Hays likewise thought that having to self-isolate at home for 14 days after returning from abroad may not stop individuals travelling.

Mr Hancock’s comments echo those from Transport Secretary Grant Shapps last month who warned individuals not to book summer season holidays – domestic and overseas – till social distancing rules are relaxed.

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