By Deirdre Tynan • 15 July 2021 • 13:14
Jet2 is ‘looking at’ putting on additional flights for British holidaymakers who want to leave the Balearic Islands before Monday.
Jet2 chief executive, Steve Heapy said he was disappointed by the government’s decision to move the Mediterranean destination to the amber list.
“I’m not sure whether reporting infection rates is the right thing. It is disappointing,” he told Radio 4’s Today Programme on July 15.
“We have a two-tier system. For the average person, travel is beyond them because they have to pay for tests when they get back.
“The average person can’t go on holiday, but 70,000 people can cram into a football stadium. Travel is beyond the reach of a lot of people, unless you’re rich and privileged,” the Jet2 CEO added.
The director general of tourism for the Balearic Islands also told BBC 4 she is disappointed by the decision to move the islands to England’s amber travel list.
Rosana Morillo said hospital admissions remain low and there have not been any Covid-related deaths on the islands for many days.
On July 14, the UK announced the Balearic Islands, including Mallorca and Ibiza, will go back on the UK’s amber list.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the move will take effect from 4am on Monday.
“We’ve seen the rates double and also the rate of positivity of these tests double, meaning that we’re going to need to move quickly, as we said we might always have to do,” he said.
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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