Only the rich can fly under the UK’s travel resumption plan, the airline says

The UK aviation industry has criticized the government’s plans to resume overseas travel, saying it would be too expensive to fly at a reasonable price.

The Government’s Global Travel Task Force report On Friday, the COVID-19 inspection requirements for international travelers were set, but it was not clear whether British would be allowed to travel abroad from May 17th.

The Ministry of Transport (DfT) said that the risks posed by variants of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus are “still significant” and therefore restrictions on inbound passengers, including 10-day controlled quarantine, home quarantine, and inspection, continue. Said it applies.

We will install a “traffic light system” that classifies countries into “green,” “amber,” and “red” based on risk. Based on the classification, travelers from different countries are subject to different travel restrictions.

Travelers from “green” countries do not need to be quarantined like travelers from “amber” or “red” countries, but they do need to undergo at least one expensive PCR test. The cost is about £ 100 ($ 135).

Secretary of Transportation Grant Shapps said: “The framework announced today will help resume safe and sustainable travel, ensure that the hard-earned outcomes of vaccine deployments are protected, and provide peace of mind to both passengers and the industry. Let’s go on an overseas trip again. “

But British aviation celebrities have blown up the government’s plan to make travel infeasible for many.

“This does not represent the resumption of travel promised by the Minister, and even in low-risk countries, claiming expensive and unnecessary PCR testing rather than rapid testing is an unsustainable burden on passengers. Makes travel infeasible and affordable for many, says Tim Alderslade, CEO of Airlines UK, a leading industry group for UK-registered airlines.

“It’s also a further setback for the kneeling industry and the UK’s wider economic recovery, with many businesses and exporters relying on domestic and international connectivity and a thriving aviation sector.

“All evidence suggests that travel can be resumed in a safer and risk-based way with more proportional measures. The government is strongly urged to work with the industry on faster, cheaper and less complex solutions. I ask, “he said. statement..

EasyJet, the UK’s largest airline in terms of passenger numbers, also questioned the requirements for PCR testing, stating that the cost was higher than some fares and asked the government to reassess the plan.

EasyJet CEO Johan Lundgren said:

Reuters contributed to this report.

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