Holidaymakers will ‘need proof of Covid jab’ before flying, says Airline boss

Brits desperate for holiday sun may have to prove they have been vaccinated before boarding flights, an airline chief has said.

Australian airline Quanta will demand travellers show proof they have been jabbed before jetting off, CEO Alan Joyce said.

Joyce said he thinks a Covid vaccine will be a ‘necessity’ for international travel.

The travel boss told Channel 9 news in Australia: “We are looking at changing our terms and conditions to say for international travellers, we will ask people to have a vaccination before they can get on the aircraft.

“I think that’s going to be a common thing talking to my colleagues in other airlines around the globe.”

The majority of Qaunta’s international routes are suspended as Australia’s borders remain closed to tourists.

The airline does not expect to trade normally until the middle of next year.

Meanwhile several Covid-19 vaccines have taken significant steps forward, not least the Oxford jab.

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It was announced that the medicine, developed by Oxford University and AstraZenca, had become the third jab to produce effective rates of preventing the disease.

Following on from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna, who produced better-than-expected findings, it sparked hopes that lockdown restrictions could be over by next Spring.

Matt Hancock, the UK’s Health Secretary, claimed on Monday that Brits life will ‘start to get back to normal’ after Easter.

He told BBC Breakfast: ““We hope to be able to start vaccinating next month.

“The bulk of the vaccine rollout programme will be in January, February, March.

“And we hope that sometime after Easter things will be able to start to get back to normal.”

The current lockdown in England will end on December 2, with Johnson set to introduce a tougher series of tier restrictions.

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