Airline bosses beg Boris Johnson to change quarantine rules for Brit hotspots – Latest News


They warned that the industry could be “permanently scarred” by Boris’ restrictions on whole countries.

Bosses from 47 airlines, airports and tourism bodies have called on the Prime Minister to change his rules and introduce virus testing for those arriving in the UK.

Brits returning from Spain were told they would have to isolate following a dramatic rule change on Saturday night. Travel bosses are now demanding Boris Johnson drops his blanket rules and brings in regional travel passages

The Government currently has blanket restrictions for tourists returning from at risk countries

Parts of Spain have been plunged into lockdown

Airport bosses have demanded testing be introduced for passengers touching back down in the UK

Industry leaders have urged Boris to change his rules

It comes during the fallout from the Government’s u-turn last week on holidaying in Spain.

Travel bosses have demanded Boris Johnson drops his blanket isolation rules to get Brits back on holiday.

In a letter to Downing Street the tourism chiefs demanded “urgent” action and a “more nuanced” policy, The Daily Mail reports.

The blanket ban has drawn fierce criticism from travel bosses who have warned that the industry needs more room to survive.

Those impacted by the sudden rule change included Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, who has since cut his holiday short.

Tourists were told on Saturday that from Sunday they would be required to isolate when they return from the holiday hotspot following concerns of a Spanish second wave.

They have called for regional travel corridors to be introduced meaning that tourists arriving from any part of an at-risk country would not have to isolate.

Chiefs from Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Liverpool, London City, Newcastle and Birmingham airports were some of the signatories who wrote to Boris.

The proposals would make it safe for Brits to travel to specific US states or individual Spanish islands and return without having to quarantine.

Currently, restrictions are being placed on entire nations.

In the joint letter they wrote: “This would allow for quarantine-free travel to unaffected parts of a country, including not just Spain but other key markets for trade and tourism like the United States and Canada.”

“We are in a situation where the government is advising against travel to areas of Spain that have lower rates of Covid than the UK,” the letter said.

And industry leaders complained that the introduction of quarantine measures for Spain at the weekend had been the “latest significant blow to a sector which now risks being permanently scarred”.

They added: “We fully support the objective of maintaining public health and supporting travel only where safe to do so.”


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