Ryanair group chief executive has criticised the government’s failed implementation of the EU Digital Covid Certificate (DCC), stating that it’s causing untold damage to tourism and the economy.
O’Leary sent an open letter to the Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan asking why Ireland was the only EU member state that was not ready to comply with the EU’s certificate system that came into effect yesterday.
He wrote, “This ongoing mismanagement of air transport by the Irish Govt (sic) is doing untold damage to our economy and tourism infrastructure as we lag ‘Paddy last’ behind every other EU country, all of whom have opened up to these EU Covid Certs and are taking advantage of the success of their vaccination programmes,”.
O’Leary also criticised the government because the provider of the system gave confirmation that the certificate can be used for vaccinated citizens.
The DCC, which is expected to be implemented from the 19th of July, will allow people who have been fully vaccinated, have recovered from Covid-19 or have tested negative for the virus, to travel internationally.
O’Leary added that the airline must now refuse travel to passengers from all other EU states who are fully vaccinated and have a vaccination certificate, to which he stated, “This is discriminatory and unjustified without any medical or public health basis,”.
He also stated that Ryanair has received reports of Irish passengers arriving into the state with a certificate and are being “unjustly threatened with mandatory quarantine.”