Ahead of the EU Council meeting on Tuesday (13 October), Ryanair, which is Europe’s largest airline, has called on all EU Governments to adopt a “Traffic Light” System without delay.
Under this scheme, proposed by the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC), it would allow travel to/from countries listed as ‘green’; ‘amber’ would be allowed with no restrictions. For those of the ‘red’-list countries, there may be restrictions in place (eg testing pre-departure/on arrival).
The new ‘Traffic Light’ System also recommends that member states apply a regional approach where possible to ensure regions or islands with low levels of Covid-19 are not penalised.
Ryanair’s CEO Eddie Wilson said: “We urge all EU governments to adopt the EU ‘Traffic Light’ System without delay. Europe’s aviation and tourism industries cannot afford further job losses, and until a vaccine is available, we must learn to live with the virus.
“The implementation of this coordinated regional approach will help restore consumer confidence ahead of a difficult winter season, and also allow all airlines to plan for summer 2021, with millions of jobs dependent on the recovery of our aviation and tourism sectors.
“As confirmed by the World Health Organisation, aviation is not responsible for an increase in EU Covid rates and quarantines simply don’t work. EU Governments need to act fast and implement the EU ‘Traffic Light’ System immediately following the Council meeting and give Europe’s tourism economies the relief that’s much needed.”