Cheshire news What airlines have said about roadmap changes on May 17 PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - International travel is one of the areas set for big changes

Cheshire news What airlines have said about roadmap changes on May 17 PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - International travel is one of the areas set for big changes

Cheshire news  What airlines have said about roadmap changes on May 17 PremierLeague-News.Com
13 May 2021 - 11:01

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! The next stage of easing lockdown restrictions is almost here. Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined the next phase of the government's roadmap out of lockdown on May 10. International travel is one of the areas set for big changes. Non-essential foreign travel has been illegal in the UK in a bid to prevent further spread of coronavirus. However, on May 17, things are set to change, with the legal restrictions on foreign travel lifting. As part of the move, the government unveiled a green list of countries people can travel to this summer. Brits visiting countries on the green list will not need to quarantine on return, saving themselves time and money. Countries on the green list include: Australia Brunei Falkland Islands Faroe Islands Gibraltar Iceland Israel and Jerusalem New Zealand Portugal Singapore South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha We've taken a look at what some of the budget airlines have said about the changes coming on May 17. easyJet easyJet CEO Johan Lundgren said the government's decision to put so few European countries into the green tier was 'not justified' and 'inconsistent.' He claimed that unrestricted travel to most of Europe is 'safe' and would carry 'very little' risk to the NHS. Mr Lundgren: "We are absolutely committed to a safe restart and are confident this can happen while protecting both the UK health system and the success of the vaccine programme. "The decision to put so few European countries into the Green tier is simply not justified by the data or the science and is inconsistent with the approach to reopen the domestic economy. "We have shown that unrestricted travel to much of Europe is safe and would carry very little risk for the NHS. "And with European governments starting to allow their citizens to travel restriction-free if vaccinated, UK citizens risk being left behind and unable to get the best rates for hotels as they will be booked up by European tourists. "This decision means that so many people will continue to be unable to see their families and loved ones, develop their businesses or go on a much-needed holiday abroad. "So, we call on government to provide transparency on decision-making and clarity on when we can expect other European countries to join the Green list so that consumers and airlines alike can plan for this summer. "In the meantime, they must drive down the cost of testing and review and remove testing for Green, low risk countries. Green really should mean Green." Mr Lundgren added that easyJet would be increasing their flights to the destinations on the green list. He said: "Now, as easyJet is the biggest operator from the UK to the European countries which are currently on the Green list, we will be increasing our flights to these destinations and launching new routes where we can in order to take as many customers away as possible – we are ready and able to ramp up. "We also expect the number of countries on the Green list to grow next month to include many of our popular summer destinations and we have flexible policies so customers can book with confidence and change their plans if they need to.

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. TUI Back in April when the new traffic light system was announced, Managing Director of TUI, Andrew Flintham, expressed 'disappointment' about the cost of testing and quarantine measures proposed. However, after the green list was announced and it was confirmed that Brits would not have to quarantine after visiting a green list country, demand increased. TUE have since announced that new flights and extra holidays have been added to give more choice and offer more flexibility. Mr Flintham said: "These destinations have always been firm favourite for Brits, so it’s no surprise demand has increased following speculation they could be available from 17 May without the need to quarantine on return. "We own every element of the holiday programme, so are uniquely placed to respond to customer demand and add additional holidays for the most popular hotspots. "We’ve also introduced new subsidised testing packages, which start from just £20 for green list destinations to help our customers get away for their long-awaited holiday." Ryanair Following the green list news, Ryanair’s Director of Marketing, Dara Brady, said the company had added a further 175,000 extra seats to Portugal. She said: "We are very pleased to announce 175,000 extra seats to Portugal on the back of the UK’s green list. "With quarantine-free travel now permitted to the likes of Faro, Lisbon and Porto, even more flights have been added to our UK schedule in order to meet the demand from our customers. "The UK Summer 2021 schedule comprises 480 destinations, having recently launched 26 new routes and with more to be added as restrictions relax throughout Europe over the summer months. "UK families can book a well-earned summer holiday safe in the knowledge that if their plans change, they can move their travel dates up to two times with a zero-change fee up until the end of October 2021." Since the initial announcement, the company have added a further 20,000 seats to Portugal from May 24 onwards to meet demand. Jet2 Following the announcement of countries on the green list, Jet2 said bookings to Portugal had surged. Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: “The UK Government has shown a clear ambition to reopen travel, and the publication of the green list has had a very positive impact on customer confidence. "We already know that customers are desperate to get away on their holidays, and we certainly saw that over the weekend with a huge rush in bookings to Faro and Madeira for this summer. "We know that there is huge demand for our flights and ATOL protected package holidays, and the past few days have shown beyond doubt that if customers are allowed to travel, they will jump at the chance. "We look forward to more good news about where we can fly to in the coming weeks, and we know that our customers await the same positive news." Jet2 have since announced that they've added more flights and holidays from England and Scotland following significant demand for holidays to Faro (Algarve) and Funchal (Madeira). Top stories from the CheshireLive newsletter Here are the latest stories from the CheshireLive newsletter Most 'romantic' hotel in UK to undergo dramatic transformation Little known legal procedure used by man to get road potholes fixed Drug dealer nicknamed Gunsmokeboss caught just before he fled to Thailand Family of late footballer 'still hoping he'll walk back through the door' AJ and Curtis Pritchard's Hollyoaks scene 'absolute car crash' Want to sign up to receive these stories straight to your inbox? It's free and means you'll never miss the most important Cheshire news of the day You can sign up here Not signed up but want to try it out? You can read a preview of today's newsletter here

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