EasyJet CEO Criticizes Testing Requirements in Britain’s Travel Reset Plan By Reuters

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LONDON (Reuters) – The chief executive of British airline easyJet (LON 🙂 has criticized some of the government‘s plans to restart travel, saying that COVID-19 testing should not be necessary for passengers traveling to low-cost destinations. risk. Britain’s airlines and travel industry were disappointed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s warning on Monday that it was too early to say when international holidays could resume, meaning the reopening could be delayed later than the current date. May 17. EasyJet CEO Johan Lundgren said Tuesday that many details were missing from the previous day’s announcement. He said the government‘s proposed traffic light system to classify low-risk countries as green and higher-risk countries as red made sense, but traveling to green countries shouldn’t require passengers to take two COVID-19 tests. “That doesn’t make sense to me … because this could add to costs and complexities,” he told BBC Radio. He said the cost of COVID-19 testing sometimes exceeded easyJet ticket prices. “That means you would not open international travel for everyone, you would open it for those who could afford it,” he said. When asked if people could travel to popular destinations like Spain and Greece without restrictions for July and August, Lundgren said: “Yes, I definitely think so.” He said easyJet continued to discuss issues related to reopening travel with the government.

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