LONDON, Sept 9 (Reuters) - The chief executive of UK-based
airline Virgin Atlantic urged Britain to allow COVID-19 testing
instead of quarantine for arrivals into the country in order to
boost travel and help kick start the economy.
"The economy, which is already in deep recession will not
take off unless we have travel and tourism back on track and the
only way to do that, I believe, in the interim period before
treatment and vaccine are made possible, is through testing,"
Shai Weiss told BBC Radio on Wednesday.
The airline completed a 1.2 billion pound ($1.55
billion)rescue deal to secure its future last week and Weiss
said the new funds should be sufficient.
He said there were no plans to change the airline's name
despite the lack of trans-Atlantic flying due to the pandemic.
($1 = 0.7731 pounds)
(Reporting by Sarah Young; editing by James Davey)