Traveling for the last 18 months or so has been a difficult thing.
With countries around the world closing their doors to us also closing ours, travel has at times been impossible with many friends and family separated due to the coronavirus pandemic.
However, it seems that slowly but surely things are getting easier for the passengers.
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After months of red, orange and green lists, the government changed its travel list system.
On Monday, October 4, a new system described by Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps in September saw “red” and “open” destination labels come into effect.
As part of these changes, it was announced that expensive PCR testing would no longer be required for people returning from non-redlisted countries, with lateral flow testing preferred.
Fully vaccinated travelers will also not have to undergo a lateral flow test prior to departure and the second day PCR test will be replaced by a lateral flow test.
Those who have not yet received a double injection will have to undergo a pre-departure test and two PCR tests on their return as well as a home quarantine for 10 days.
The managing director of the group that owns Southampton airport had previously described the changes as “important”, but urged the government to continue “working with the industry”.
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The Eastleigh-based airport has had a reduced schedule since the start of the summer due to the coronavirus pandemic.
However, after this week’s changes, passengers can travel to a wider range of destinations.
According to the airport’s website, 17 routes are currently in service, including seven outside the common travel area.
A full list of currently running routes from Hampshire Airport can be found below:
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