The Prime Minister has “vowed” to get European air bridges back on track, and even has ambitious plans for long-haul flights in a bid to save summer holidays as the coronavirus pandemic put travelling to a halt.
According to The Sun,Boris Johnson is “looking at all options personally” to get safe-routes back on track in Europe in time for the June 29 reviewal of the 14-day quarantine policy for arrivals to Britain.
The leader is also looking to negotiate ambitious deals to get long-haul flights back in cities such as Dubai, Singapore and Sydney.
Although it has been revealed Downing Street will not be able to open up talks for the US due to a strict travel ban that is unlikely to lift soon.
Brits will be able to fly this summer if airlines are told whether air bridges will be opening to low-risk countries by the end of next week.
Foreign Office advice is expected to change by next week.
Current travel advice warns against all travel, however those travelling into the UK from another country will have to self-isolate for two weeks.
Anyone breaching the rules could face a fine up to £1,000 and the Public Health England said it will carry out spot checks.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises “British nationals against all but essential international travel”.
The travel warning continues: “Any country or area may restrict travel without notice.”
Originally, it seemed unlikely that Brits would be able to go on any holidays abroad anytime soon in 2020.
Tim Alderslade, of industry group Airlines UK, tolde paper: “The PM’s personal involvement is excellent news and will provide some real momentum.”
Last week, Portugal’s foreign minister opened talks with the UK over “air bridges” so tourists can avoid being stuck in quarantine while on holiday.
Italy, another country popular with UK tourists, began allowing people to travel in, out and around the country for the first time in around three months on Wednesday.