Low-cost airline Ryanair and one of the UK’s leading airport operators are reportedly preparing to take legal action against the government over their international traffic light system.
The risk-based system of red, yellow and green ratings for different countries determines the quarantine and Covid tests for passengers returning to the UK.
The lawsuit brought by Ryanair and the Manchester Airport Group – which operates Manchester, East Midlands and London Stansted – will call for more transparency on how Whitehall decides which countries qualify for the Green List, the BBC said.
An industry panel warned on June 9 that the “failed and harmful” international travel system must be abandoned if the UK travel and tourism sector is to be saved from total collapse.
The London-based World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) said the government must get rid of the system that has “devastated” consumers and businesses in order to save hundreds of thousands of jobs.
Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary said the “stop, go, stop, go approach to travel is insane”.
He told Sky News, “It’s typical of the Boris Johnson administration to just make up this stuff over time. There is no green list.
“What we keep asking in the travel industry is that now that 80% of the UK’s adult population are vaccinated, cannot these people go on vacation to Portugal and Spain without restrictions? You are already vaccinated. “
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According to newspaper reports, officials are considering proposals that could allow Britons who have received both doses of the coronavirus vaccine to avoid quarantine when returning from countries on the Amber List.
A government spokeswoman confirmed that following the continued success of the introduction of the jab, “considering the role of vaccinations” for entry has begun.
This could mean the return of the vacation to popular summer hotspots like Spain, Portugal, France and Italy, all of which are currently on the UK’s yellow list.
Air travel demand plummeted in March last year when the UK was put on lockdown in response to the crisis and the government is now under pressure to resume international travel from the ailing tourism industry.