Johan Lundgren, chief executive of easyJet, has slammed the government’s “confusing” approach over travel to amber countries.
Lundgren said health data proves the majority of European countries should be moved to the green list.
“The messaging has been very confusing to say the least,” said Lundgren. “Restrictions are being unwound in countries clearly regarded as low risk. No doubt the UK government is taking a much more cautious approach and we don’t believe this is backed up by the latest data. Greece and Spain in our view, supported by the latest data, could be safely added to the green list. The majority of countries in Europe should be on the green list.”
He added that while other European countries were lifting restrictions, the UK was out of step, failing to add countries to the green list and advising holidaymakers not to go to those designated as amber risk.
“We fly to amber countries, there are restrictions in place to make it safe to do so, and there is demand to do so,” he said. “People should be free to travel without any guilt, but the messaging has been confusing about that. Amber has turned into red. If there are countries the government doesn’t want people to go to then it should put them on the red list.”