By Ron Howells • 18 June 2021 • 21:45
Jet2 Supports Quarantine-Free Travel fro British holidaymakers. image:| Jet2 media
Jet2 Supports Move For Quarantine-Free Travel To Amber Countries.
The boss of Jet2 says he welcomes the move towards removing travel restrictions for British holidaymakers who have been fully vaccinated.
Jet2 and Jet2holidays chief executive Steve Heapy said: “This is very welcome news and should represent a meaningful restart to international travel in the very near future.
“The vaccination programme was designed to protect people from coronavirus so that they can enjoy their freedoms once again. If people have received two doses of the vaccine and are still not allowed to travel overseas to enjoy their holidays, what is the purpose of the vaccination programme? The rollout has been a huge success, so it is time for us all to enjoy the benefits of that.
As well as vaccination rates, the UK government has said that they are making decisions about international travel based on infection rates too. If this data is driving these decisions, then we believe that destinations such as Malta, the Balearic Islands and many islands in Greece should be open to holidaymakers from the UK.”
He added: “At present, the UK remains largely grounded and our customers are left to look on with envy whilst the rest of Europe opens up.
“We look forward to flying again soon and will continue to work with the UK government to achieve that.”
All major tour operators and airlines are backing demands for the country’s vaccine drive to play a bigger role in opening up international travel.
Ministers are currently re-assessing quarantine and coronavirus vaccine rules for travellers returning to the UK – after Ryanair headed a legal challenge to the traffic light-based travel system.
Several major UK airlines said they will support the action, in which Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps will be named as the defendants.
There are no major viable tourist destinations on the quarantine-free green list, with the most popular countries in the amber tier. People returning to the UK from an amber country must self-isolate at home for 10 days, take a pre-departure test and two post-arrival tests.
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
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