FILE PHOTO: Johan Lundgren, CEO of EasyJet, gestures as he speaks to media at Gatwick Airport, Britain June 15, 2020. REUTERS / Peter Cziborra LONDON (Reuters) – The Managing Director British airline easyJet has criticized some of the government’s plans to resume travel, saying COVID-19 testing should not be required for passengers traveling to low-risk destinations. UK airlines and the travel industry were disappointed with Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s warning on Monday that it was too early to say when international holidays could resume, which could lead to the opening being pushed back later than the current date of May 17. EasyJet chief executive Johan Lundgren said on Tuesday that many details were missing from yesterday’s announcement. and higher risk countries because red made sense, but traveling in green countries should not require passengers to take two COVID-19 tests. This is for me … because it could add costs and complexities, ”he told BBC Radio. He said the cost of COVID-19 testing sometimes exceeded the prices of easyJet tickets. “That means you wouldn’t open international travel to everyone. , you would open yourself up to those who could afford to pay it, ”he said. Asked if people could travel to popular destinations like Spain and Greece without restrictions by July and August, Lundgren said: “Yeah, I really think so. . He said easyJet was continuing to discuss the issues of reopening travel with the government. Reporting by Sarah Young; edited by James Davey.
LONDON, Feb.23 (Reuters) – EasyJet said flight bookings jumped more than 300% and holiday bookings jumped more than 600% week on week, after Britain planned the restart international travel, suggesting that the borders could reopen from mid-May. The British airline said travel from the UK to seaside destinations such as Malaga, Alicante and Palma in Spain, Faro in Portugal and Crete, Greece were the most popular destinations with the most eager holidaymakers. to travel in August. Reservations have come about despite continued uncertainty over how and when to reopen international routes. Vacationers will know more on April 12, when the government publishes a travel review. He said a lockdown ban on most international travel will remain until at least May 17. Britain’s vaccination plan is progressing rapidly and more than 17.7 million people, or a quarter of the population, have already received a first dose of the vaccine. hopes desperate airlines and travel agents to start generating revenue after pandemic restrictions that the UK can lift holiday bans and quarantine restrictions and allow travel from mid-May Governments foreigners must also agree that UK holidaymakers can visit without the need for quarantine. Currently, France and Spain, for example, have closed their borders to the British due to new variants of the coronavirus. (Report by Sarah Young, edited by Paul Sandle).
LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to show how travel will restart when he lays out his broader roadmap to ease COVID-19 restrictions on February 22, UK airline bosses have said. last year and Britain’s biggest airlines easyJet and British Airways fear their industry will again be overlooked by the government. “We need a clear statement on the path to international travel in the Prime Minister’s announcement,” easyJet Managing Director Johan Lundgren told media. The government has suggested that all other sectors that include hospitality, retail and leisure, whether it is a roadmap for these sectors on February 22, and international travel should also be included.” The UK, the industry body, has called for a gradual reopening of UK borders, with increasing levels of vaccinations and lower infection and hospitalization rates paving the way for restrictio He warned that it would take a “tailor-made support package” from the government if there is no roadmap to recovery for this summer. After almost a year with minimal incomes, all Airlines, including Jet2, TUI and Virgin Atlantic, are counting on a bumper summer recovery in three to four months to ease the strain on their strained finances. Britons need certainty that restrictions will be lifted so they can book vacations , the companies said. coronavirus variants, including 10-day quarantine requirements, spent in a hotel for some countries, and three COVID-19 tests linked to international flights. Many vacation destinations, like Spain and France, prevent UK passengers are also currently entering due to The government has sent mixed messages in recent weeks on what people can expect this summer. A minister said people should not book vacations in Britain. or overseas, while Health Minister Matt Hancock has said people should wait and the government is doing “whatever it can.” The UK airline and travel sector has benefited from leave programs for workers and large companies have contracted no specific sector package from the government. In contrast, Air France-KLM last year received 10.4 billion euros in loans and guarantees from France and the Netherlands, while Germany bailed out Lufthansa and TUI. edited by David Evans.
BERLIN (Reuters) – British budget carrier Easyjet EZJ.L, which is struggling with lower air traffic demand due to the coronavirus pandemic, is in talks with Germany on state aid, business magazine Wirtschaftswoche reported on Thursday.
“The talks were going constructively,” said CEO Johan Lundgren.
Wiwo said Lundgren declined to specify the numbers discussed but said he expected a high number.
The magazine said the talks “appear to be around several hundred million euros”.
The Ministry of Economy could not be reached for comment.
Reporting by Thomas Seythal; Edited by Riham Alkousaa
Text size People walk along Las Ramblas street in Barcelona on July 25, 2020. The Catalan government has ordered the closure of all nightclubs, discos and event venues in this northeastern region of Spain. Spain following an increase in coronavirus cases. AFP via Getty Images Shares of TUI AG lowered travel inventories in Europe on Monday, following the weekend’s announcement by the UK government that any traveler from Spain would face around 40 14 days. The UK abruptly put Spain back on a dangerous travel list, amid a recent spike in Covid-19 cases in parts of the country. Norway has also imposed a quarantine on all Spanish vacationers, while France and Belgium have urged travelers to avoid beaches in the Catalonia region, where cases have increased. TUI shares fell 14%, followed by a 13% drop for easyJet. International Consolidated Airlines, which operates British Airways and other carriers, fell 8%, as did Ryanair, which separately reported a loss of € 185m for the end-June quarter which saw 99% of its traffic nailed to the ground. Carnival and InterContinental Hotels, Wizz Air and On The Beach also fell. TUI has reportedly canceled holidays until August 9 in mainland Spain, countering new outbreaks under control as it tries to save its important tourist season. Resurgences have not been observed in the most popular island destinations for British travelers, such as Ibiza and Mallorca. Ángel Víctor Torres, President of the Canary Islands tweeted on Saturday that the Spanish government is working with the UK to create secure corridors to the islands. Look forward. Unfortunately, this Spanish quarantine announcement is unlikely to be the last of its kind, with outbreaks across Europe likely to provide a summer stop-start for airlines as different regions attempt to shut down everything. surge at Covid-19, “said Joshua Mahony, senior market analyst at IG, in a note. And fears of more sudden changes in government travel policies will only hurt small surges in consumer confidence in travel, analysts at Jefferies warned in a note. This “could lead to a weaker late market (customers decide whether to stay or not to take a vacation) and a delayed booking cycle for next year,” said a team led by Becky Lane, who assesses the underperformance of TUI. A team of Citi analysts, led by James Ainley, reiterated a TUI sales note on Monday. The risk for the group of travelers is that “the advice remains in place for a longer period of time leading to further cancellations and, most importantly, the lingering uncertainty is likely to weigh on bookings.” Ryanair said on Monday that a “second wave of Covid-19 cases across Europe in late fall is our biggest fear right now.” No doubt, it is not the only one. .