Travel industry bosses have said the reintroduction of the red list is a “hammer blow to consumer confidence” before the peak winter sun holidays.
A senior aviation source said there were “serious jitters” across the travel industry due to the new variant.
They said: “There is now a massive question mark over Christmas. It is clear the red list will expand and that will have a massive knock on.”
Paul Charles, CEO of The PC Agency tweeted: “Instead of flight bans and hotel quarantine, UK Government should simply reinstate pre-departure tests and add PCR tests on arrival in UK airports for those coming from the six African red list countries.