Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said the resuming of wide-scale air travel is months, rather than weeks away, and summer holidays abroad are off the cards.
Echoing an admission from the British Health Secretary on Tuesday, Varadkar said talk of foreign trips returning are “premature.”
He said, “The very strong advice from government is that anyone entering our country, whether they are an Irish citizen or not, needs to quarantine and self-isolate for 14 days, with the exception of certain key workers.
“Of course, we all look forward to air travel in the future, we’re an island nation and a globalised economy.
“We need to return to business and leisure travel at some point but that really is premature at this stage.”
“The European Union and the aviation authorities are thinking about that and how we can return to safe air travel but that is months rather than weeks away.”
Matt Hancock has warned Brits on Tuesday, it is “unlikely” there will be any foreign holidays this summer, despite Ryanair to resume some flights from 1 July.
Asked whether “summer was cancelled,” Hancock told ITV’s This Morning, “I think that’s likely to be the case.”
He added, “It is unlikely that big, lavish international holidays are going to be possible for this summer.
“I just think that’s a reality of life.”
However, Ryanair announced on Tuesday that they are to resume 40% of their flights.