The chief executive of easyJet said that by the time travel restarts in Britain on May 17, most European countries should be on the UK’s green list for travel.
Johan Lundgren, chief executive of easyJet, told reporters this morning: ‘I will struggle to see that there will be, unless something happens between now and then, that there would be many (European) countries who wouldn’t be in that green category.’
The Government has yet to say which countries will make its green list for low risk travel.
The chief executive of easyJet Johan Lundgren (pictured) said that by the time travel restarts in Britain on May 17, most European countries should be on the UK’s green list for travel
EasyJet’s Lundgren said the main question customers were asking was which countries would be on the green list and urged the government to come forward with details as soon as possible.
He added: ‘We would expect that, if the Government continues with the approach on the testing regime that they have said, I would expect almost all major European countries, that by the time it comes to travel reopening, that most countries in Europe should be in that category.’
He added: ‘If the PCR test and the lateral flow test will need to be in place for ‘green’ countries, I couldn’t see that there would be many countries in Europe that wouldn’t be in the ‘green’ category.
‘It’s important the Government comes out with this list as soon as possible because this is the main question for most of our customers right now.
‘They want to know if the favourite destination for them to go on their holiday or to visit friends and family across Europe is that country in the ‘green’ category.
‘And it will be a big difference, of course, if you’re in the ‘green’ category, versus if you’re in ‘amber’ or ‘red’.’
Asked if he expects destinations such as France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Croatia, Cyprus and Turkey to be on the Government ‘green list’, easyJet boss Johan Lundgren replied: ‘Yes, by the time we open up for travel on May 17 and if the Government continues to have the plan in place on the two-test system.
‘I wouldn’t see reason why you wouldn’t have the majority of the countries of Europe in there.
‘We really believe that, if you’re in the ‘green’ category, there should not be any need of any testing at all because it would be considered low-risk.’
Britons will be allowed to fly to ‘green’ countries with low Covid rates and strong vaccine rollouts, as long as they take tests before flying out and returning home.
One Whitehall source said Greece could make it on to the so-called ‘green list’ next month despite a recent rise in cases, while the USA, Gibraltar, Malta and much of the Caribbean are tipped for green status.
Those returning from these countries where the virus is under control will not have to quarantine on return.
easyJet boss Johan Lundren has urged the Government to come forward with details of its green list as soon as possible but Malta (pictured) is one that sources say could be included