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Saturday, 13 June 2020

Angry airlines take legal action against British Government

British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair are among the airlines to have launched legal action against the British Government's new quarantine regulations.

In a joint statement they said the 'flawed' scheme will have a devastating effect on British tourism and the wider economy and destroy thousands of jobs.

They have asked for their judicial review to be heard as soon as possible, Travel Mole reported.

"The airlines have not yet seen any evidence on how and when proposed 'air bridges' between the UK and other countries will be implemented," said the statement.

"Instead, they want the Government to re-adopt its previous quarantine policy introduced on March 10, where quarantine is limited to passengers from 'high-risk' countries.

"This would be the most practical and effective solution and enables civil servants to focus on other, more significant, issues arising from the pandemic while bringing the UK in line with much of Europe which is opening its borders mid-June."

The airlines said the legal challenge is based on several factors, including the fact that by criminal law the quarantine rules are "more stringent than the guidelines applied to people who actually have Covid-19".

The action also questions why French or German workers commuting weekly to the UK will be exempted and why the UK Government is banning people travelling to and from countries with lower infection rates than the UK.

The new British regulations say residents or visitors travelling to the UK "must not leave the place they are staying for the first 14 days they are in the UK except in very limited situations (known as ‘self-isolating’)."

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