‘Green list shambles’ causing untold damage to UK tourism, says Ryanair

The boss of Europe’s largest funds airline has hit out at what he calls “Boris Johnson’s mismanagement of the Covid pandemic” and demanded that vaccinated travellers ought to have the option fly between the UK and EU with out restriction.

At current the quarantine-free “green list” has solely two possible locations: Gibraltar and Iceland.

Ryanair’s chief govt, Michael O’Leary, stated: “The UK’s Covid travel policy is a shambles.

“The green list is non-existent because countries such as Malta and Portugal, with lower Covid case numbers than the UK and rapidly rising vaccination rates, remain on amber.

“Meanwhile, UK citizens, almost 80 per cent of whom will be vaccinated by the end of June, continue to face Covid restrictions on travel to and from the European Union – despite the fact that the majority of EU citizens will also be vaccinated by the end of June.”

Mr O’Leary was talking a day after calling for Air Passenger Duty to be suspended for a number of years to assist the journey business get better from the disaster.

On 3 June the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, eliminated the one mainstream inexperienced list nation, Portugal, and positioned it on the amber list – triggering a rush house to keep away from quarantine.

Announcing the tightening of controls, Mr Shapps stated: “The public has always known travel will be different this year and we must continue to take a cautious approach to reopening international travel in a way that protects public health and the vaccine rollout.

“While we are making great progress in the UK with the vaccine rollout, we continue to say that the public should not travel to destinations outside the green list.”

The Labour Party has referred to as for all amber list locations to be moved to the crimson list, with obligatory resort quarantine for nearly all travellers.

Because of present restrictions on arriving travellers, outbound journey is a small fraction of regular summer season ranges and inbound tourism to the UK has collapsed virtually completely.

The Ryanair boss stated: “It is time for Boris Johnson to end his gross mismanagement of Covid and the recovery from Covid, and take advantage of the UK’s successful vaccine programme to allow the restoration of free movement of vaccinated UK citizens and their families to and from the EU, where Covid case rates are lower than the UK and vaccination rates are rising rapidly”.

“This will at least allow the UK tourism industry to plan for what is left of the summer season and get hundreds of thousands of people back to work.”

On Friday, the tourism minister, Nigel Huddleston, introduced a programme for restoring inbound tourism to the UK by 2023.

“The Tourism Recovery Plan is our blueprint for how the sector can build back better from the pandemic, even faster than forecasts predict.” he stated.