Easyjet Criticises Costs Of Planned Covid-19 Flight Tests
Faizan Hashmi 9 days ago Tue 06th April 2021 | 08:11 PM
The boss of British no-frills airline Easyjet on Tuesday criticised the UK government's draft plan to make travellers returning from countries deemed at low-risk of coronavirus pay for two tests
London, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 6th Apr, 2021 ) :The boss of British no-frills airline Easyjet on Tuesday criticised the UK government's draft plan to make travellers returning from countries deemed at low-risk of coronavirus pay for two tests.
"I don't think that is fair, I don't think it's right, and I don't think it is necessarily established from a medical and scientific point of view that is the right thing to do," Lundgren told the BBC.
"You wouldn't open up international travel for everyone, you would open up international travel for people who can afford it." It is currently illegal to travel internationally from Britain except for a number of limited reasons, with the government conducting a review on how to reopen the sector in the coming months.
Green destinations will see travellers exempt from quarantine on return, but still require tests before and after journeys.
Countries will be categorised based on a range of factors, including the proportion of the population that has been vaccinated, rates of infection and emerging new variants.
- Pitch for cheaper antigen tests - The list of countries is still being finalised, with full details expected later this week when the government's global travel taskforce publishes its report.
Lundgren said if ministers did opt for the traffic light system, they should use rapid lateral flow antigen tests, which are cheaper and more readily available.
Responding to Lundgren's comments, Johnson said Tuesday that he wanted to make travel "as flexible and as affordable as possible".
"I do want to see international travel start up again," he added.
But, Johnson said: "We have to be realistic. A lot of the destinations that we want to go to at the moment are suffering a new wave of the illness, of Covid."