Britain’s leading airlines are asking Prime Minister Boris Johnson for the green light to fly internationally again in the coming weeks.
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The leaders of British Airways, EasyJet, Jet2.com, Loganair, Ryanair, Tui and Virgin Atlantic made the request at the same time as it became clear that the ban on international travel will last until at least 17 May.
When it is relaxed, it is replaced by a risk-based traffic light system, and the countries of the world are colored either red, yellow or green.
The airlines’ leaders write in a letter to Johnson that they realize that travel without restrictions is probably not possible by 17 May.
– However, there can be no economic recovery without aviation, and we are confident that we now have the tools to enable a safe and meaningful restart in May, it says in the letter which is also published in The Sun.
Believes vaccinated should be allowed to travel
The letter further states that “we believe that vaccinated passengers should not be subject to travel restrictions, and that testing can also reduce barriers to travel, including for areas that are considered to pose a certain risk”.
– Only areas with very high risk will be subject to stricter measures, the airlines’ top managers believe.
A government-appointed working group will present its report on April 12 with recommendations related to tourism, and Prime Minister Johnson is expected to report on the government’s plan for reopening on Monday.
Red, yellow, green
The traffic light system is based on various factors, such as the proportion of inhabitants who have been vaccinated in a country, the infection pressure, new virus variants and the countries’ access to reliable data and testing and sequencing.
Travelers from countries that are considered green do not need to be quarantined, but a test is required before and after the trip. For those who come from yellow and red countries, the rules will be as today with an order to isolate themselves or be quarantined on arrival.
The letter comes from the same group of leaders who in February called on the government to draw up a rebuilding plan for the industry so they could plan for the summer. At the same time, they called for further financial support for British aviation to stimulate and strengthen an economic recovery when it comes.
Published: Published: April 5, 2021 7:57 AM
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