The travel industry should use the current “pause” in travel to look at ways to become more sustainable, according to the TSSA.

Manuel Cortes, general secretary of the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association, said the pandemic was an opportunity to relook at what the industry will be like in future.

Speaking at this year’s Institute of Travel and Tourism conference, he said: “We have got a moment to pause to think about what travel will look like after Covid. We want to see a sustainable industry. It will bring in more customers and create more jobs.”

He cited examples such as electric aircraft, adding that consumers would demand sustainable travel alternatives.

He said: “One of things we should be doing is looking at low carbon alternatives like electric planes.

“We need to look at how we can have a more sustainable model of tourism going forward because I think customers will demand that anyway. “