Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary has said the airline will continue to fly despite the new isolation measures coming into force today – claiming British people will ignore the quarantine as they “know it’s rubbish.”
O’Leary confirmed on BBC Radio that Ryanair would still run flights in July and August despite new laws stating UK arrivals must isolate for 14 days.
The quarantine rules, introduced by Home Secretary Priti Patel, have received fierce criticism from various members of the travel industry since being put forward to parliament.
Over 200 organisations have voiced their opposition, with fears the regulations could dissuade people from travelling and cause further damage to an already ailing industry.
A spokesperson for Ryanair commented: “This 14 day UK quarantine is ineffective, completely useless, and will have no effect on British passengers who will largely ignore it.
“At a time when the medical science across Europe, in countries such as Portugal, Spain, Italy and Germany, have safely removed all inbound visitor restrictions, the imposition of this completely defective quarantine in the UK is utterly useless and a total waste of time.
“Ryanair is going back flying on 1 July with 1,000 daily flights from most UK airports, and we look forward to welcoming thousands of UK visitors going on their well-earned summer holidays to Portugal, Spain, France and Italy… “
The airline also argued that the quarantine “cannot be implemented, cannot be policed and has no scientific basis supporting it whatsoever.”
Ryanair, British Airways and EasyJet are already engaged in legal discussions to overturn the quarantine rules – which state that any passenger entering the UK by plane, train or ferry must fill out a locator form and inform authorities where they plan to isolate.
Those who do not follow quarantine measures could be refused entry to the country or be hit with fines up to £1,000.
The current regulations are set to be reviewed in three weeks.