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Aleksanda Sabalina (left) and Edith Mikutenaite, who live in Newtownabbey, leave Belfast International Airport after arriving from Barcelona yesterday

Aleksanda Sabalina (left) and Edith Mikutenaite, who live in Newtownabbey, leave Belfast International Airport after arriving from Barcelona yesterday

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Aleksanda Sabalina (left) and Edith Mikutenaite, who live in Newtownabbey, leave Belfast International Airport after arriving from Barcelona yesterday

The Chancellor has been urged to consider introducing financial support for the travel industry here after Spain was suddenly dropped off the air bridge safe list.

DUP MP Carla Lockhart said that she had written to Rishi Sunak in a bid to have the negative impact of the move on travel agents mitigated.

Holidaymakers in resorts across Spain were thrown into panic at the weekend after being told at late notice that they now face 14 days of self-isolation after returning home.