The British traffic light system for international travel is “not practical and needs to be simplified,” the head of British Airways claimed.
CEO Sean Doyle said coronavirus testing and quarantine rules for arriving travelers need to be simplified for passengers and airlines.
Requirements vary depending on whether someone is traveling from a green, yellow, or red location and whether or not they are fully vaccinated. The lists are updated every three weeks, the next changes are due next week. A more comprehensive revision of the rules is to take place by October 1st.
Mr Doyle said government policies are “the single biggest factor” for airlines recovering from the virus crisis.
He continued: “We had the traffic light system in the summer. Some progress has been made, but I don’t think it’s fit for the purpose. It has to be simplified and adapted, as we see it in Europe and the USA. “
He added, “We would encourage the government to take this opportunity over the next few weeks. Aviation needs the same crack of the whip economically as other domestic sectors. We are not currently under the current system. “
British Airways has now launched a new BA Better World sustainability program.
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The airline said this was another commitment to putting sustainability at the heart of their business, from reducing emissions and waste and making a positive contribution to the communities it serves, to creating a great place to work for people around one build resilient, responsible company.
At an event at British Airways’ engineering base at Heathrow, the airline unveiled a new look for one of its most fuel-efficient short-haul aircraft, an A320neo, which it has painted as part of a partnership with the new BA Better World sustainability colors of aircraft manufacturer Airbus.
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