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Aviation: Coronavirus

Question for Department for Transport

UIN HL10960, tabled on 1 December 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to encourage business travel (1) to help the airline industry, (2) to increase tourism, and (3) to support airport workers back into full-time employment.

Answered on

15 December 2020

The recent Global Travel Taskforce report set out a range measures to support a safe and sustainable return to international travel.

To support demand, we are implementing a ‘Test to Release for International Travel’ scheme in England, allowing arrivals from countries not on the travel corridors list to pay for a privately provided COVID-19 test and reduce their period of self-isolation if the test is negative. The Government is also exploring the feasibility of a short-stay business travel exemption and planning public health and communications campaigns to boost consumer confidence. Further measures from the Global Travel Taskforce report are being worked on at pace.

In addition to these measures, the travel and tourism industry has been helped by the Government’s substantial business and employment support packages including business rates relief, government backed loans and one-off grants for eligible businesses, and the reduction of VAT for tourism and hospitality to 5% until the end of March.

We are also working with industry partners to support talent and skills retention, through measures that include the Department for Work and Pensions’ Flexible Support Fund and Rapid Response Service, to support aviation workers at risk of redundancy to stay in employment or move between sectors.