Ryanair and the owners of Manchester, Stansted and East Midlands airports will take legal action against the government
There are calls from Ryanair and the Manchester Airports Group for more transparency on how the government decides which countries qualify for the Green List of Safe Destinations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The BBC is known to have support from other major UK airlines.
Government ministers say the system is “careful about the risk of new variants”.
The traffic light travel system rates countries according to their coronavirus risk with green, yellow or red.
This comes after the UK is even less prepared for climate change, which is already affecting the country than it was five years ago a “failed” response from the country’s government, their own independent advisors have now warned.
Travelers to countries that rated green do not need to isolate themselves on return, but will need to undergo a COVID-19 test before and after travel.
Arrivals from amber countries must be quarantined, while Red List countries have the strictest restrictions, with only UK or Irish nationals or UK residents being allowed to return and being allowed to stay in a 10 day. have to pay a quarantine hotel selected by the government.
The Ryanair and Manchester Airports Group challenge was put together after the great frustration in the travel industry when Portugal was added to the green list in mid-May and then his sudden removal just a few weeks later.
In addition, the travel industry believes that the Balearic and Greek Islands should have been included on the green list of countries last month when analyzing health data.
In a separate development, Jet2 and EasyJet Holidays bosses have told the BBC that they don’t understand why low-infection destinations like Mallorca were removed from the green list in the latest review and questioned how government decisions are being made.
The head of Ryanair, Michael O’LearyHe wants Boris Johnson to explain the science behind the system, which he believes the government seems to be “figuring out” over time.
Further signatories of the challenge are to be announced on Thursday. They demand a quick response as the crucial summer season approaches.
That comes after Most of the lockdown rules remain in England after the planned easing of Jan., confirmed Boris Johnson. Senior ministers have signed a decision to postpone the lifting of all legal restrictions on social contacts due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The government said at the time that it was necessary to move Portugal from the green to the yellow list because the infection rates in the country have increased and the “Nepal variant”, a mutation of the delta version of the virus that was first discovered, appeared in India . There were concerns that vaccines would not work as well with this particular mutation.
The move resulted in some UK vacationers having to cancel their vacation and return with additional airline flights from Portugal before the country was removed from the green travel list in early June.
traveler the BBC spoke to said it cost her hundreds of pounds to book new flights to get home before the deadline.
Travel bosses fear the damage from these sudden setbacks will further undermine the confidence of British travelers.