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COVID-19: Hays Travel calls for price of holidaymakers’ coronavirus tests to be cut to £ 30 | Economic news

The cost of COVID-19 testing for holidaymakers should be cut to £ 30 to encourage people to start traveling again, a boss of one of Britain’s largest travel chains told Sky News.

Jonathan Woodall, COO at Hays Travel, said the current price of up to £ 200 for PCR testing is too high and will be a ‘barrier for customers’ as restrictions ease the month next.

He said the government should help cut costs.

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Holidays abroad could resume from May 17

Under a traffic light system for the hoped-for resumption of vacation abroad from May 17, even those returning from low-risk “green” countries will have to pay to take the tests.

But industry figures, including easyJet boss Johan Lundgren said that the rule threatens to make ordinary travelers pay the price of the return to heaven.

Speaking to Sky’s Ian King Live, Mr Woodall said the cost of the tests would “create a barrier” – especially for families looking for total bills of around £ 600 for the tests.

“We hope the government will help us reduce these tests,” he added.

Mr Woodall said there had already been signs of price cuts by suppliers – after testing the company Randox said earlier this week it was cutting the cost for customers traveling with its partner airlines from £ 120 to £ 60.

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“ The travel industry on its knees ”

“I hope that we will continue to see this and that we still have time to work with the government and also the suppliers,” he said.

“From our perspective, we would like to see this award at …

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