British Airways is gearing up to welcome an increased number of vacationers back to the skies beginning July 19th, just in time for the start of the school summer vacation.
Within a couple of hours following the government’s announcement yesterday about the elimination of quarantine for double-vaccinated Britons, the airline’s website had a 96% spike in views compared to the same day last week.
Barbados, Palma, Ibiza, New York, Antigua, Malta, and Malaga were among the most popular locations.
British Airways currently travels to 43 countries on the amber and green lists, more than any other UK carrier.
To coincide with the announcement, British Airways has agreed to additional reassurance measures, which mean that customers traveling until September to a country that is upgraded from amber to red while they are at their destination will be able to change their flight without incurring any additional costs, subject to availability.
The move is meant to assist Britons return home if they travel to a country that is on a government watchlist.
The airline has already officially declared that its mask-wearing policy will be maintained in order to safeguard passengers, provide reassurance, and improve customer confidence.
Despite the relaxation of the mask requirements, the government has suggested that masks be worn in crowded public places, and British Airways encourages its customers to be aware of the rules of mask wearing in airports at a destination.
British Airways CEO Sean Doyle stated, “This is a critical milestone for Britain as we begin to make travel viable again after 18 painful months.”
“There is still more to be done, particularly opening the US, but we are excited to welcome back more of our customers during the summer and reassure them that British Airways is ready.
“Our team have been tirelessly working behind the scenes to make significant adjustments to the customer experience that will ensure our clients receive a first-class service and complete peace of mind.”