Manchester Airport look towards the future of travel and how May may change the past year of cancelled flights and grounded aircrafts.

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Manchester Airport. | © Alex MacFaul

The UK’s international ban on travel

International travel is supposed to return on May the 17th, if everything goes according to plan with the UK’s roadmap out of lockdown and into the next era of travel.

Manchester Airport
What will May bring? | © Gibbon FitzGibbon

During the past year, the aviation sector have been struggling with financial aids. Many have needed more from the government than they received, and most needed travel to pick back up again as soon as possible.

Manchester Airports influx of flights

Thus, airlines and airports have been preparing for May and the travel boom it could bring. One of these airports is Manchester, which have been looking at ways to ease flyers’ travel troubles as they fly in and out of the UK.

Manchester Airport
Life after lockdown. | © Adam Marikar

Although many airports are preparing for the travel passport to be put in place, by the time travelling resumes as normal again, some are prepping for an instance without the digital pass. The IATA Travel Pass, which has been trialled by many airlines during the pandemic, keeps a traveller’s data all in one place; it allows the right information for those that need it once a flyer enters a country.

The UK government’s plan

The UK are currently looking at a traffic light system, which controls the difficulty of flying in and out of certain countries. If a country is green, then travellers will find it easier to travel to and from than a city labelled red.

However, Manchester Airport are preparing for an intense COVID testing procedure. As flights take off again, they presume so will coronavirus tests before and after travelling.

The aviation sector are still unsure what awaits them as May approaches, but are hopeful people will fly again soon. What do you think of the traffic light system – is it a good idea? Let us know in the comments below!

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