British holidaymakers will miss out on a second summer of much-needed holidays should the UK Government not act now on furthering easing travel restrictions, the industry has warned.

Tim Aldersale, the chief executive of Airlines UK, said that "it is now or never for the government to reopen travel and save what is remaining of the summer season”, adding that the “travel sector remains in lockdown as the rest of the country opens up”.

There are currently only 11 countries on the UK’s travel green list, and following Portugal’s removal earlier this month, it features none of the most popular destinations for UK travellers. The next review of the traffic light system is due tomorrow, with hopes rising that Malta and Spain’s Balearic Islands could be added.

The comments come on the travel industry’s “day of action”, with thousands of protesters expected to gather across the UK – with the biggest event in Westminster – to urge the Government to demand more countries be added to the green list and the removal of quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated travellers.

The Government response to travel following the pandemic has been “haphazard”, according to Derek Jones, head of tour operator Kuoni. The Government said its travel rules are "guided by one overwhelming priority: protecting public health".

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