Wizz Air tells UK: we need more detail on quarantine

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FILE PHOTO: Jozsef Varadi, Chief Executive Officer of Wizz Air speaks during an interview in London, Britain April 30 2019. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

LONDON (Reuters) – Wizz Air (WIZZ.L) needs more details on British plans to quarantine travellers before it can assess its impact after seeing strong demand for the routes it has started operating, its chief executive told Reuters.

Jozsef Varadi, the chief executive of budget Hungarian carrier Wizz, said on Monday that one option to lower the impact of any quarantine would be to make exemptions for those travellers who had recently tested negative for the virus.

Britain has announced a new restriction with a 14-day quarantine requirement on most people arriving into the country by air, saying more details including the timing of the programme would come shortly.

Varadi said that it would be logical for the government to allow exemptions to the rule if passengers had had a verified negative test for coronavirus in the days prior to travelling, as happens in other countries where Wizz flies which have quarantine rules.

“We need to understand what it means and what waivers or exemptions will be permitted, we don’t know yet,” Varadi said in an online interview.

Reporting by Sarah Young; editing by Kate Holton

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