- EasyJet Boss Johan Lundgren said: “The decision to put so few European countries in the green box is simply not justified by data or science and is incompatible with the approach to reopening the national economy. “
He added: “We therefore call on the government to be transparent in decision-making and to clarify when we can wait for other European countries to join the green list so that consumers and airlines can plan this. summer. “
- UK Airlines, an industry body that represents UK carriers, said the government is due to make “major additions” to the green list during the next review in three weeks.
Managing Director Tim Alderslade said: “This is a missed opportunity and, with so few countries making the Green List, it represents a reopening of air travel in name only.
“In contrast, the EU has said that those vaccinated will be able to travel without restrictions, leaving the UK at risk of falling behind and not opening up international travel to key markets in Europe as well as to states. -United. “
- Brian Strutton, General Secretary of the Pilots Union Balpa, accused the government of “an excess of caution”, adding that it is “extremely disappointing for all those working in the travel industry and the millions of people who desperately want to go on vacation or on business”.
“Almost all tourist hot spots in Europe, including Spain, France and Greece, are in the orange category, which is as good as red for most tourists, with a potential quarantine of 10 days on return.” , did he declare.
Mr Strutton added: “Tourists sit staring at the amber light, cranking their engines, desperate to travel safely knowing their blows will protect them. The government needs to turn those amber lights to green as soon as possible. ”