Latest travel news: Airlines accuse government of ‘double standard’ ahead of Freedom Day

Airlines accused the government of “double standards” in its approach to international travel after Grant Shapps, the transport secretary, announced on Wednesday that the Balearic Islands would go orange after just three weeks on the green list.

Johan Lundgren, chief executive of easyJet, said Covid-19 infection rates in the UK were increasing as much of Europe remained weaker.

“So we cannot understand why the government is going to allow people to go to a nightclub – without masks or social distancing – and yet is not comfortable with people going to the beaches of Europe, where infection rates are lower than in the UK, “he added.

“Again, we see this double standard where travel is treated differently from the national economy.”

Young adults will be primarily affected by the Balearic Islands Orange List, which goes into effect at 4 a.m. on July 19, as it coincides with a rule change that will allow fully vaccinated Britons and those under 18 to return from destinations of the orange list without facing themselves. insulation.

Tim Alderslade, managing director of Airlines UK, said the latest traffic light update reinforced belief that the UK framework for international travel “is not working as it was designed to” and that the government “condemns international travel with the status of second-class citizen “.

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