Sticking with airlines. The boss of easyJet has criticised some of the government’s plans to restart travel, saying Covid tests should not be required for passengers travelling to low-risk destinations.
Johan Lundgren said the government’s proposed traffic light system of ranking low risk countries as green and higher risk countries as red made sense, but travel to green countries should not require passengers to take two Covid tests.
“That doesn’t make sense for me…because this could add to cost and complexities,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
He also flagged the high costs of private Covid tests, saying they are often more expensive than plane tickets.
“That means that you wouldn’t open up international travel for everyone, you would open up for those who could afford to pay it,” he said.
Asked if people would be able to travel to popular destinations like Spain and Greece without restrictions by July and August, Lundgren said: “Yes, I definitely think so.”
On Monday, Boris Johnson warned that it was too soon to say when international holidays could resume, meaning the re-opening could be pushed later than the current date of May 17.