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

Britons desperate for vacation sun may need to prove they’ve been vaccinated before boarding, an airline chief said.

Australian airline Quanta will require travelers to prove they have been stung before flying away, 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 want to change our terms and conditions to say for international travelers that we will ask people to get vaccinated before they can board the plane.

“I think that will be very common to talk to my colleagues from other airlines around the world.”

Most of Qaunta’s international routes have been suspended because Australia’s borders remain closed to tourists.

The airline does not expect to act normally until mid-next year.

Meanwhile, several Covid-19 vaccines have made significant strides forward, not least the Oxford shot.

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

It was announced that the drug, developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZenca, had become the third shot that produced effective prevention of the disease.

Following on from Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna, which produced better-than-expected findings, it sparked hope that the lockdown restrictions could be over by next spring.

Matt Hancock, the British health secretary, claimed on Monday that British life will ‘return to normal’ after Easter.

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

“Most of the vaccine rollout will take place in January, February, March.

“And we hope things can return to normal sometime after Easter.”

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