Travel News: British Fury as Germans Flock to Mallorca – “We Await Explanation” Travel News | Trip
While current UK restrictions limit international travel, Germans are flocking to Mallorca. The CEO of Jet2 said he was “puzzled” as to why the British could not fly to these destinations.
Jet2 CEO Steve Heapy said: “When you take the UK government’s own criteria for deciding where holidaymakers can travel and apply them to the Balearics, we’re puzzled as to why we can’t fly over there.”
Mallorca, which has been a favorite destination for British tourists for decades, is currently on the Orange List.
Travel there is not advised and a 10 day quarantine is required upon return to the UK.
Manchester Airport Group CEO Charlie Cornish said EU countries were taking a more positive approach to resuming international travel.
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“Hundreds of thousands of people from places like Germany travel freely and safely to low-risk holiday destinations,” he said.
But as Covid-19 rates are lower than ever in Mallorca, German tourists have started arriving in large numbers.
Currently, tourists arriving in Mallorca only need to present a negative antigen test or proof of vaccination.
Palma de Mallorca Airport reported that last month 397,931 tourists arrived from Germany on 3,363 flights, while only 5,813 British tourists arrived on 333 flights.
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A British expat and bar owner in Ca’n Picafort, Mallorca, said that with Britons still being advised against going there, his business is in trouble.
“If it weren’t for the Germans, we would be broke. Ca’n Picafort is full of Germans,” he said.
Earlier this week, easyJet announced it was increasing capacity from Germany to Mallorca, to meet holiday demand.
“We recently added 150,000 seats from Berlin to Palma in an attempt to meet the huge pent-up demand that has been released from the lifting of these restrictions,” said Garry Wilson, CEO of easyJet Holidays.
“It’s a shame we can’t do the same for UK customers because we know the demand is there,” he said.
The lack of British tourism angered MAG boss Charlie Cornish, who said the UK was ignoring low levels of the virus in other countries.
“The government’s lack of transparency is unacceptable and makes it almost impossible to operate a business in the travel industry after what has already been the most difficult year in our history,” he said.
The CEO of Jet2 has said he hopes the government will reconsider its decision after June 24, when the travel list review is expected to take place.
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“If Malta, the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands continue to have low infection rates, I would expect them to be on the list. If they are not, we are awaiting an explanation.”
MAG and Ryanair have taken legal action against the government over the traffic light system. They are suing the government for lack of transparency in deciding which countries qualify for the green list.
The government has said it is considering the idea of allowing fully vaccinated Britons to travel without having to self-quarantine upon their return from Orange List destinations.
Jesse Norman, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, said: “We don’t want to be left behind by countries that take a two-step approach if it can be done safely.”