Boris Johnson says the government "has not given up" on international travel from 17 May
In response to easyJet chief executive Johan Lundgren calling for holidaymakers who return from low-risk countries - once foreign leisure travel is permitted - to be allowed to take cheaper, lateral flow coronavirus tests rather than more expensive alternatives, Boris Johnson told reporters: “I raised that very issue myself yesterday. I do think we want to make things as easy as we possibly can.
“The boss of easyJet is right to focus on this issue. We’re going to see what we can do to make things as flexible and as affordable as possible.
“I do want to see international travel start up again. We have to be realistic. A lot of the destinations that we want to go to at the moment are suffering a new wave of the illness, of Covid, as we know.
“We can’t do it immediately, but that doesn’t mean that we’ve given up on May 17.
“We will be saying as much as we can, as soon as we can, about international travel.
“I know how impatient people are to book their holidays if they possibly can but I think we just have to be prudent at this stage.”
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