According to a recent study by Holiday Extras—the UK-based company that handles everything from airport parking and hotels to travel insurance—a good number of British holidaymakers would be willing to fly this year if airports and airlines observe precautions such as masks, temperature checks and social distancing. And as many as 43 percent of those responding to a survey said that the government’s two-week quarantine when they return would not stop them taking a foreign holiday.
The survey results came out at about the same time as the UK government’s latest COVID-19 safety guidance for airlines, airline passengers and airports, and re-confirming the need for all airline passengers and workers to wear face masks.
According to the updated guidance, passengers will have to check in all baggage. It does not, however, make any note when restrictions on travel to and from the UK will be lifted.
The Holiday Extras poll questioned 1,000 UK travelers on what precautions they would need to see before they next board an aircraft also revealed that more than half (53 percent) still expect to fly overseas before the end of the year. This is welcome news for those selling Visit USA product, as historically, the U.S. is the number one long-haul destination for UK travelers.
Following are results of the Holiday Extras research showed what safety measures travelers expect to see in place next time they fly.
Commenting on the findings, Ant Clarke Cowell, associate brand director for Holiday Extras, said: “While bookings are inevitably down on last year, thousands of people have already booked their holidays for later this year or next year in the past week alone.”