Michael O’Leary, CEO of Ryanair, has demanded that the United Kingdom adopt the European system in order to resurrect British tourism.
RYANAIR CEO Michael O’Leary demanded that the British government adopt the European Union’s framework to ensure that the tourism industry can fully reopen.
The UK traffic signal system has been criticised by Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary, who has demanded that the UK adopt the European travel system in order to revive British tourism. It comes after the latest adjustments to the UK’s traffic light system of travel limitations, which were unveiled last Thursday, drew criticism.
“People are going back to travel, they’ve been held up for the previous 12 or 18 months,” Mr O’Leary told Sky News.
“I didn’t require a negative PCR test, but the government altered the laws two nights ago, and I had to scurry around and get a negative PCR test yesterday, simply to travel to London, despite the fact that I’m fully vaccinated,” he added.
“If people are twice vaccinated, you don’t need the extra security of a PCR test.
“You have to re-establish trust in this industry.”
“The tourism business is extremely important to the UK,” he continued.
“I believe it will take considerably longer to reintegrate the Asians and Americans, but you might be able to reintegrate the Europeans.
“In September and October, the Italians and Spaniards can come here for a brief rest.
“And that business is being impeded by these constantly chopping and changing traffic signals that only add to the complexity, when the law should be simple,” the CEO continued.
“No restrictions if you’re double vaccinated; if you’re not double vaccinated, get tested.”
Last Thursday, the UK traffic signal system was modified, with the announcement that all changes would take effect at 4 a.m. on Monday, August 30.
The Azores (Portugal), Canada, Denmark, Finland, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, and Switzerland were all moved to the green list allowing quarantine-free travel.
Montenegro and Thailand, on the other hand, had been moved from amber to red status, with hotel quarantine measures in place.