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Travel corridors between the UK and countries across the world have largely dictated where Britons can go on holiday this year. The travel corridor list – which includes the likes of Cyprus, Greece and Germany among others – is updated on a weekly basis. Countries, territories and islands are either added or removed from the list.
Destinations not included on the travel corridor list require Britons to quarantine for 14 days on their return to the UK.
Today, amid news that British Airways chief executive Alex Cruz is stepping down, ITV’s GMB host Susanna Reid showed her sympathy for the travel industry.
“Travelling is just almost impossible now isn’t it?
“And every Thursday at 5pm the Transport Secretary announces a new set of countries that we can no longer travel to without having quarantine on return.
“It’s a very dispiriting situation for the travel industry. I don’t know what they can do to improve it.”
It comes as BA boss Alex Cruz was shown the door as the airline struggles to cope with the coronavirus pandemic.
The carrier’s parent company, IAG, announced that he has stepped down after four-and-a-half years in the role.
He has been replaced by Sean Doyle, who is the boss of another IAG airline, Aer Lingus.
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The news was revealed on GMB by co-host Piers Morgan who said: “Alex Cruz is stepping down with immediate effect.
“Obviously, very controversial strategy by British Airways to effectively lay-off their entire work force and then re-hire them on less money in most cases.”
He added: “Fair to say he wasn’t very popular towards the end Mr Cruz because of that very Draconian measure.
“Everyone understands it’s incredibly difficult of course for all airlines right now but the staff at BA feel that they have been treated pretty poorly.
“So, the boss has now left, and we’ll see if that makes any difference to what is going on at BA in terms of the situation.”
IAG chief executive Luis Gallego said of BA’s latest move: “We’re navigating the worst crisis faced in our industry and I’m confident these internal promotions will ensure IAG is well placed to emerge in a strong position.
“I want to thank Alex for all that he has done at British Airways.
“He worked tirelessly to modernise the airline in the years leading up to the celebration of its 100th anniversary.
“Since then, he has led the airline through a particularly demanding period and has secured restructuring agreements with the vast majority of employees.”
Mr Cruz will remain at the airline as non-executive chairman for a transition period.
Last week, several Greek islands were added back to the travel corridor list in a holiday boost for Britons.
Lesvos, Milos (Serifos), Tinos, Santorini and Zakynthos (Zante) were all added back to the travel corridor list while the islands of Mykonos and Crete remain on the quarantine list.
Mainland Greece is also included on the travel corridor list but Britons should be aware that they need to check entry requirements for Greece before they visit the country or its surrounding islands.
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