‘Spiral of despair’: Simon Calder has ‘crucial’ tip for travelling now -‘there’s no point’

“That means I will be able to leave self-isolation as soon as possible. But also from a public health point of view, finding out whether or not I’ve contracted Omicron is pretty crucial sooner rather than later.

“But yes, really important to emphasise, it’s called a day two test, goodness knows why, because I’d call it a ‘do it as soon as you get off the plane’ test.”

He added: “I’ve been talking to lots of people in the travel industry. They’re having a miserable time.

“Easyjet losses, which I calculate at over £2,000 per minute over the past year and that’s slightly less than they lost last year but it’s still not great.