'A shambles': Ryanair boss criticises plan for mandatory COVID testing of travellers

Aviation bosses say there are a number of problems with the government's mandatory testing plan.

'A shambles': Ryanair boss criticises plan for mandatory COVID testing of travellers

The chief executive of Ryanair has dismissed the government's plan for mandatory testing of arrivals from overseas as "a shambles".

Travellers to England, Wales and Scotland will need to test negative for coronavirus before they are allowed to enter.

The test will need to be taken up to 72 hours before departure and proof will be checked by border officials from next week. Failure to comply will result in a £500 fine.

Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary told Sky News: "The measures are a shambles and it's more mismanagement by [transport secretary] Grant Shapps.