Airlines, British holidaymakers brace for limited travel restart

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Airlines, British holidaymakers brace for limited travel restart
Airlines, holiday companies, tourists and vast swathes of southern Europe are looking forward to hearing the UK's plan to relaunch travel but only a limited number of countries are set to be declared safe to visit.
Britain's biggest destination countries including mainland Spain and Greece, as well as France, all risk being excluded from the initial "green list" for quarantine-free travel expected on Friday.
After a year of restrictions, that would be a major blow for tourist hotspots and the airline and holiday companies which are all desperate for big-spending Britons to travel.
British Airways (ICAG.L), easyJet (EZJ.L), Ryanair (RYA.I), TUI and others will likely have to wait until at least late June for a larger scale re-opening of UK travel needed to repair their COVID-19 battered finances.
Most travel from the UK has been banned since the beginning of the year due to pandemic restrictions.
The British government has said people from England can go abroad again from May 17 at the earliest, and more clarity is expected on Friday on the traffic light system which will grade countries green, amber or red based on their COVID-19 risk.
Source: Reuters