Coronavirus: British airlines warn quarantine will “kill air travel”

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The airlines have reacted angrily to government suggestions that the UK could set up a 14-day quarantine for anyone arriving in the country.

Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps said he “is actively examining these issues so that when we have infection rates in the country under control, we don’t matter.”

But Airlines UK said it would “effectively kill air travel.”

He warned that the UK may close to the rest of the world.

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Mr Shapps told the Andrew Marr program that as the rate of coronavirus infection in the UK decreased, it was important “that we make sure that the sacrifices … that we ask the British to make are matched by anyone who comes to this. “Country”.

However, Airlines UK, which represents companies like British Airways, Easyjet, Virgin Atlantic and Ryanair, said quarantine would “completely shut down the UK from the rest of the world when other countries open up their economies.”

Its managing director, Tim Alderslade, said: “The danger is that it would be a dull measure when what the UK should do is to conduct international standards with health and aviation authorities communities, including sanitary control, which will allow our sector to restart and give people the assurance that it is safe to travel. “

Air travel has been halted due to the global coronavirus pandemic, which has resulted in large industry layoffs.

Last week, Ryanair announced plans to cut 3,000 workers and ask the remaining staff to cut wages.

BA said it would cut 12,000 from its workforce and warned that it could not reopen in Gatwick once the pandemic is over.

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