By Isabella Nikolic For Mailonline
Published: 00:44 GMT, 2 November 2020 | Updated: 00:44 GMT, 2 November 2020
The second lockdown will destroy Britain's travel industry and lead to hundreds of thousands of job losses, furious business chiefs warned last night.
The ban on international leisure travel and staycations means the industry will enter a 'complete shutdown' from Thursday, the Association of British Travel Agents said.
Mass cancellations of flights will begin today.
Thousands of families now face a battle for refunds on winter sun breaks ruined by the new lockdown, which bans any form of non-essential travel until December 2.
It is feared some carriers will be forced to ground their fleets and lay off staff. EasyJet has already confirmed that most of its UK flights will be called off for the next month at least.
The second lockdown will destroy Britain's travel industry and lead to hundreds of thousands of job losses, furious business chiefs warned last night
According to industry estimates, 80 per cent of independent travel agents will run out of money by spring.
'Hundreds of travel firms will go and even the bigger airlines will struggle to make it,' an industry source said.
Industry leaders say problems have been worsened by the Government's 14-day quarantine rule and a lack of progress on an air passenger testing regime.
Last month, the Daily Mail's campaign to Get Britain Flying Again forced Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to create a 'global travel taskforce' to explore testing options. It was due to reveal a testing plan this week but this is set to be delayed.