Expect a June summer holiday, says Ryanair boss


Prepare for holidays from mid-June onwards, the boss of Ryanair has said.

At present it is illegal for anyone from the UK to go abroad, except for one of a limited number of reasons – which do not include going on holiday or visiting family or friends.

On Easter Monday, 5 April, the government will spell out the conditions by which international travel may be permitted – but the indications are that ministers will be cautious.

Non-essential visits abroad will not be allowed until 17 May at the earliest. 

But Ryanair’s chief executive, Michael O’Leary, said: “ Now is the time for optimism. We are very confident that by mid-June, July, August. families will be travelling to and from the UK, to and from Europe.”

He told The Independent : “We try to manage the business with the best information at the moment.

“By June 80 per cent of the UK population will be vaccinated. I think it is very difficult then to persuade the UK population to sit at home and holiday at home at that point. 

“The European Union will largely have caught up with the UK, with a huge increase in vaccinations and a huge decline in serious illness and hospitalisation across Europe.

“With Europe catching up with the UK I see very little risk that there won’t be reasonable freedom of movement.”

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