RYANAIR has slammed what it calls “idiotic” UK 14-day travel quarantine plans and has said that passengers will simply flout them.
The outspoken boss of the budget air carrier, Michael O’Leary, made the comments in a BBC interview, as the company confirmed that it was proceeding with 3,000 redundancies and warned of soaring losses.
With the UK government getting ready to reveal the 14-day quarantine rules over travellers arriving in the country, O’Leary said: “People will simply ignore something which is so hopelessly defective.”
“It’s idiotic and it’s unimplementable. You don’t have enough police in the UK to implement lockdown.
“The 14-day lockdown has no credibility and will be eliminated before we get to the end of June, ” O’Leary stated.
His company have already announced the plan to introduce a reduced schedule across its routes from July 1.
The UK quarantine plans involve international arrivals at airports, as well as ports and rail hubs, providing an address that they will have to self-isolate at for a fortnight.
The colourful Ryanair CEO told the BBC that: “The government is telling you that if you fly, you have to self-isolate for 14 days, yet the rules don’t apply if you travel on the London Underground.
“They’re making this stuff up as they go along and none of it has any scientific basis,” he fumed.