British Airways’s new boss has said that vaccinated people should be allowed to travel without restriction and non-vaccinated people with a negative Covid-19 test, as he set out his ideas for a travel restart a month before the UK government finalises its plans.
The UK government has said holidays will not be allowed until May 17 at the earliest but before that, on April 12, Britain will announce how and when non-essential travel into and out of the country can resume.
Appointed BA’s chief executive Sean Doyle, last October, called on Britain to work with other governments to allow vaccines and health apps to open up travel, after a year when minimal flying has left many airlines on life support.
Doyle said the roll-out of vaccines made him optimistic BA would be back flying this summer, but added the recovery depends on what is said on April 12.
He wants government to give its backing to health apps that can be used to verify a person’s negative COVID-19 test results and vaccination status.
Britain has rolled out vaccinations and 44% of the adult population, mostly people over 60, have now had their first shot.