Holiday bookings surge as air bridge deals near

The UK is continuing its air bridge negotiations with countries with low coronavirus infection rates, the Home Secretary has said. 

Priti Patel told Sophy Ridge on Sky News: “These measures won’t come in overnight. They will take time because some of this will be down to negotiation, discussion with certain countries but the principle around sharing data, travel data, the locator form that the Home Office has created, to capture a lot of this information, will absolutely still remain.”

She said, however, that such bilateral agreements that allowed the resumption of summer holidays were the right next step. 

“As we see rates of the virus drop with other countries in the world, and also as we see domestic transmission fall, it is right we look at how we facilitate travel and the air corridors, or the travel corridors, that I and my colleagues have spoken about,” she said. 

“In terms of the countries where this will be possible, there will be an announcement in the next few days ahead.”