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Traffic light reshuffle expected later today

Jun 24, 2021

Whats set for the green list?
Here are a handful of predictions.
According to Brian Strutton of the pilots union Balpa, a wide range of destinations: Malta, the Balearic and Canary Islands of Spain; some of the Greek islands; the US and some Caribbean islands.
I am expecting expansion of the green list. In fact, theres got to be. Were nearly at the point of no return for travel this summer. If we dont start getting some proper destination flying very, very soon, then were going to have bankruptcies and business failures.
Im hearing suggestions like, Maybe in August. Well, that isnt going to be good enough. We need flying now.
Analysts concur that Malta is a clear favourite. Paul Charles, chief executive of travel consultancy The PC Agency, adds that Madeira should be reinstated to green; along with the rest of Portugal, it was moved from green to amber three weeks ago.
He says he is expecting no more than five countries to be added, even though the data says more should be eligible.
Among Greek islands, Corfu, Kefalonia, Lesbos, Santorini and Zakynthos (Zante) are looking promising according to the analyst Tim White.
Cuba, which has the best health system in Latin America, is another possibility.
Robert Boyle of Gridpoint Consulting formerly strategy director for BAs parent company IAG cautions: There were several countries that ought to have been added at the last review based on their case rates, and none were.
So whether the traffic lights will remain stuck on amber/red at the next review is anyones guess at this point.