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“The pandemic has had a devastating impact on the UK’s connectivity and the Union Connectivity Review is a welcome step towards recovering and expanding some of our domestic connectivity. The report is right to highlight that aviation provides essential connectivity within the UK that even improvements to other modes cannot replace.
“However, domestic routes are only one part of the post-pandemic connectivity recovery. The four UK nations do not only rely on connectivity to other parts of the UK to thrive but also internationally. This connectivity is expected to recover more slowly and the UK and devolved administrations need to set out ambitious proposals to ensure all parts of the UK have the connectivity they need.
“Without good air links, the UK Government’s Global Britain ambitions and levelling up plans will be difficult, if not impossible, to deliver.”
"The lifting of the US restrictions on travel from some 33 countries last month raised hopes that a surge in pent-up travel demand would buoy traffic over the coming Northern Hemisphere winter.
"But the emergence of the Omicron variant panicked many governments into once again restricting or entirely removing the freedom to travel – even though the WHO clearly advised that ‘blanket travel bans will not prevent the international spread, and they place a heavy burden on lives and livelihoods.’
"The logic of the WHO advice was evident within days of Omicron’s identification in South Africa, with its presence already confirmed in all continents. The ill-advised travel bans are as ineffective as closing the barn door after the horse has bolted.”