Sumary of Heathrow boss: UK is ‘too cautious’ on international travel:
- The aviation industry is frustrated by the lack of detail from the government about the expected restart of foreign trips on 17 May using a traffic light system..
- status – allowing UK citizens to visit and return without quarantine – to be able to do so without the need for Covid-19 tests before they travel..
- “There is a genuine risk that the government is too cautious and we don’t see any material travel until after summer, and that of course would be too late for many of those UK travel companies which rely upon the summer holiday..
- The chief executive of budget airline easyJet has also warned that it would be too expensive for many travellers if they are required to take two Covid tests, before departure and after arrival home from a trip, under the proposed traffic light system..
- “If you are ticking all of those boxes to become a green destination … [Multiple tests] don’t make sense to me and it would add to cost and complexities.”.
- Johnson said he wanted to see international travel start up again but added that he had to be realistic, given that “a lot of the destinations we want to go to at the moment are suffering a new wave of Covid”….