Some of the UK’s largest airlines and travel companies, including Ryanair and British Airways, have slammed Prime Minister Boris Johnson over “haphazard and disproportionate” travel rules imposed by the Government.
Introduced as a result of the Omicron variant’s emergence, tough new rules mean travellers entering the UK must produce a negative pre-departure test, as well as take a Day Two PCR test.
Travellers are also required to self-isolate until they receive a negative result from their post-arrival test.
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Additionally, anyone arriving from the 11 African countries currently on the red list must quarantine for 11 nights in a Government-approved hotel, at a cost of £2,285 for solo travellers.
In a letter to Mr Johnson and obtained by The Telegraph, the chief executives of eight companies – including Ryanair and British Airways – accused the Prime Minister of breaking his promises to fix the expensive cost of PCR tests for travellers.
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“As leaders of UK airlines, we are deeply concerned about the haphazard and disproportionate approach by government to travel restrictions following the emergence of the omicron variant”, they said.
They added that the timing of the restrictions, so close to Christmas, had “undermined customer sentiment”.
“We and our customers feel sincerely let down, having believed a more pragmatic, evidence-led approach to travel, in line with the rest of the world, had been achieved and agreed by all concerned just a few months ago.
“Instead, the layering of additional travel restrictions, introduced at short notice without consultation or discernible strategy, have disrupted Christmas plans and [undermined] customer sentiment just before the crucial Christmas and New Year booking season – up to 30% of tickets are sold.”
It comes as ministers are set to consider whether to replace hotel quarantine with self-isolation at home for fully vaccinated travellers, The Telegraph reported.
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