Some passengers taking flights from Gatwick Airport on Monday morning were heading to Orange List destinations.
Nathan Priestley, 31, from Wokingham in Berkshire, was traveling to Corfu with five friends – and he explained why to the Press Association news agency.
When asked if he didn’t want to be quarantined after returning to England from the Greek island, he replied: “For me, I’m working from home right now, so it’s neither here. nor there. “
When asked if he had any health concerns during his trip, the software vendor added, “I’m still pretty young and pretty active.
“I had nothing wrong with me, nothing underlying, so for me, test negative and go. “
Retired couple Keith and Janice Tomsett, aged 72 and 71, from West Chiltington in West Sussex, were “looking forward to” their stay on the Portuguese island of Madeira.
Other vacationers are flying to Portugal today, after the country announced its opening.
It comes as Ryanair reported an annual loss of € 815million (£ 702million) as traffic fell 81% due to the pandemic.
But the Irish firm said it expected to benefit from a “strong rebound in pent-up travel demand” until the second half of 2021.
It plans to return to pre-Covid growth in the summer of 2022 with the help of the delivery of a Boeing 737 “Gamechanger”.
It also plans new bases in Billund, Riga, Stockholm, Zadar and Zagreb.