Government to allow overseas holidays from July 19, Ryanair boss predicts
The BRITS will fly away for their overseas vacation by July 19, the Ryanair boss predicted.
Michael O’Leary believes the government is easing restrictions on travel to popular European vacation destinations in time for school vacations.
He told The Sun: “We think they won’t be able to extend [the restrictions] beyond July 19 or 21, for two reasons.
“First, the school holidays will have started and I think people will just go to Portugal and Spain by then and ignore the restrictions.
“Second, we think they’ll say just fine, we can’t control it anymore, we’ve extended it as long as we said – at this point they’ll lift the restrictions, at least on short-haul travel. for vaccinated passengers.
“Because the difficulty for a populist government like Boris Johnson’s is that if you delay it any longer than the third week of July, you’re going to interfere with a lot of people’s vacations. And he doesn’t like to disturb people.
Mr O’Leary was speaking today as part of an appeal to the government by Ryanair to allow UK travelers with the two Covid jabs to be able to travel to Europe.
He said: “British citizens, nearly 80% of whom will be vaccinated by the end of June, continue to face Covid restrictions on travel to and from the European Union, despite the fact that the majority of citizens of the European Union will also be vaccinated at the end of June.
“Why can’t vaccinated people at least travel between the UK and Europe – no one will answer the question.
“In Europe there are very low rates of Covid cases, very high vaccination rates… there is almost no risk of catching or transmitting Covid and yet the government is saying ‘one more month’. ”
He also criticized the green list as “non-existent” after Portugal’s withdrawal earlier this month.
He said: “We have no faith in the traffic light system because if you really had one Malta would be green.
“They are massively more vaccinated than the UK and Covid cases are non-existent but Malta cannot be on the green list.
“Portugal, which was on the green list for a period of three weeks, has seen no increase in the number of cases and yet, for some unexplained reason, they have been removed from the green list.
“Cyprus has almost no cases of Covid and is almost as vaccinated as the UK and they cannot be on the green list. We are therefore not waiting for places to appear on the green list.
The airline is now launching legal action with a number of other partners, including Manchester Airport, to try to force the government to make its methods of adding countries to the green list more transparent.
He added: “If we get to 80% of the vaccinations, then will people be allowed to travel?” What is the transparent number?
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Spain warned of FIFTH wave of Covid endangering holidays this summer
“Because right now the government is still pushing the ball for another three or four weeks on the road.”
Holidays abroad may not return until August, travel experts have warned, with Spanish and Turkish tourism authorities saying not to expect the British to return before summer is over.
Only Gibraltar, Iceland and Israel are open to Britons with few restrictions, with flight and holiday bookings booming.
TUI has canceled trips to Spain, Greece, Cyprus and Italy until at least July 11 due to travel uncertainty, while Jet2 has canceled all holidays until July.