Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary demands UK adopts European system to restarts British tourism
Ryanair CEO demands UK adopts European system to restarts British tourism
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Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary has slammed the UK traffic light system, demanding that the UK adopts European travel system to restart British tourism. It came amid criticisms targeted at the UK’s traffic light system of travel restrictions following the latest changes, which were announced last Thursday.
Mr O’Leary told Sky News: “People are going back to travel, they’ve been locked up for the last 12 or 18 months.
He continued: “I didn’t need a negative PCR test and yet two nights ago the government changed the rules, and I had to rush around and get a negative PCR test yesterday, just to come to London, despite the fact that I’m fully vaccinated.
“You don’t need the additional security of a PCR test, if people are doubly vaccinated.
“I think it’s going to be a much longer slog to get the Asians and the Americans back, but you could get the Europeans back in here.
“The Italians, the Spanish can come here in September, October, it’s a short break.
The CEO added: “And that business is being hampered by these continuously chopping and changing traffic lights that just cause confusion, whereas the rule should be simple.
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“If you’re double vaccinated no restriction, if you’re not double vaccinated, get tested.”
The UK traffic light system was updated last Thursday, announcing that all of the changes would come into effect from 4.00am on Monday 30 August.
Seven countries were moved to the green list for quarantine-free travel, including the Azores (Portugal), Canada, Denmark, Finland, Liechtenstein, Lithuania and Switzerland.
But two countries had been moved from amber to the red list with hotel quarantine restrictions in place, which were Montenegro and Thailand.
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