Paul Charles, CEO of the PC Travel Agency and spokesman for the Quash Quarantine Group, said the government must be with the public beforehand in its airlift plans. What is an airlift? An airlift or travel corridor is a reciprocal agreement between two countries that allows tourists to travel without restrictions. This would mean that British holidaymakers could visit countries where rates of coronavirus infection are low without having to be quarantined for 14 days upon their return – and people in those countries can travel to the UK without being quarantined upon entry. However, not all countries on the list have mutual agreement, which means that visitors may still face quarantine or other restrictions upon arrival at their holiday location. Joshua Ng, director of Alton Aviation Consultancy, said such agreements can increase the number of passengers who can travel by 1.3 billion, citing possible agreements between Australia and New Zealand. The government will announce a first list of nations with which the UK will have airlift agreements, as has been reported, so that travellers can free their summer holidays from restrictions imposed by international blocking measures. Officials are weighing a list of a dozen countries – including Portugal, Spain, France and Greece – for possible bilateral agreements that would allow people to travel abroad from July 4 without going to the arrival or return of 40 weeks, The Telegraph reported. But air bridges would allow the BRITISH government to enter into agreements with countries with low average numbers of people infected with the virus, to make exceptions. The Chairman of the Transport Committee welcomed the announcement of air bridges and called on the government to use them as a springboard to support the industry while ensuring passenger safety. I am pleased that the British Government has announced that passengers returning from Italy or visiting England will no longer be forced to isolate themselves from 10 July.