The boss of EasyJet last night became the latest business chief to pledge support to the Daily Mail’s campaign to Get Britain Flying Again with border tests.
Demanding a shift away from the current policy of imposing quarantine restrictions on people returning from many countries, chief executive Johan Lundgren said there was ‘still time to rescue our airline industry’.
He told the Mail: ‘The first step is to put in place a cutting edge science based regime for quarantine and travel and we need testing in place for those who travel from the red zones. This is just common sense.’
Yesterday some families were forced to pay thousands of pounds to return home early from seven Greek islands after Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced that the islands were being added to the quarantine list.
Calls from EasyJet to push forward with Covid tests at the border come as Britain's aviation minister Kelly Tolhurst was quietly replaced after airline bosses savaged the government's lack of progress
EasyJet said it planned to cancel flights following the decision to impose restrictions on the islands of Crete, Lesvos, Mykonos, Santorini, Serifos, Tinos, and Zakynthos.
The carrier, Europe’s biggest airline, said the move means it will have flown less than 40 per cent of its pre-pandemic schedule.
The current downturn has forced the airline to cut 4,500 jobs and close its bases at Southend, Stansted and Newcastle airports. And there could be more bad news on the way, with Sicily and Sardinia potentially becoming the latest islands to be added to Britain’s quarantine list tomorrow, industry experts have warned.
Mr Lundgren’s warning in today’s Mail also comes as Portugal and Denmark risk fresh quarantine restrictions based on a rise in the number of coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents over seven days.
Although Sicily could be added, mainland Italy is likely to stay off the quarantine list because coronavirus cases are not rising as rapidly there.
Amid fresh fury over the lack of testing yesterday, Britain’s aviation minister was quietly replaced. Kelly Tolhurst was reshuffled to the local government department hours after airline bosses savaged the lack of progress on a border testing regime.
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