THE boss of airline EasyJet has said most European holiday destinations should be on the Government’s ‘green list’ for foreign travel.

Johan Lundgren , chief executive of the firm, which runs a number of routes out of Bristol Airport, said he would expect almost all major European countries, including Spain, Italy and Portugal, to be put in the low-risk category when overseas holidays from the UK are allowed to resume.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s road map for easing restrictions says foreign holidays for people in UK could be allowed from May 17 at the earliest.

Under new guidance, people arriving in the UK from a ‘green list’ country will not be required to isolate for 10 days.

People arriving from ‘amber list’ countries will still need to quarantine for that ten day period.

Anyone returning to or visiting the UK will need to take at least one coronavirus test before departure and after they arrive.

Mr Lundgren said he expects European countries to be on the green list if “the Government continues to have the plan in place on the two-test system.”

The Department of Transport is set to announce the countries in the green list by early May.

Assessments for travel will be based on a range of factors, including how much of the country’s population has been vaccinated and the number of emerging coronavirus variants.

Simon McNamara, leader of UK and Ireland’s activities at the International Air Transport Association’s UK, said: “We are approaching a point where the pandemic in the UK is under control.

“We have good protections in place with testing, with vaccination as well, and we think we can open in a faster but safe way.”

Somerset’s nearest airports offering EasyJet flights are Bristol, Bournemouth and Southampton.