Sunday August 9, 2020

Walsh scathing on government’s ‘extreme’ measures on air travel

The IAG chief executive has called for the dropping of the 14-day restricted movement period for those who travel into the country

Ian Guider

Markets Editor

2nd August, 2020
Willie Walsh: ‘We are unclear as to why they are taking actions which, in many cases, seem to be much more extreme than in other parts of the world’

Willie Walsh, the boss of Aer Lingus’s parent company, has hit out at the government's “extreme” measures to prevent air travel, amid rising losses and the collapse of the tourism industry.

Walsh, the outgoing chief executive of aviation giant IAG, said the government’s attempt to “eliminate” Covid-19 from the island made no sense compared with actions taken by other countries to reopen travel safely.

“We are unclear...

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