Jun 12, 2020

BA, Ryanair and EasyJet launch fight over 'devastating' quarantine plan

British Airways, Ryanair and EasyJet have filed a formal legal challenge to the government's quarantine policy. The airlines say the policy will have "a devastating effect on British tourism and the wider economy" and destroy thousands of jobs. The airlines state that there was no consultation and no scientific evidence provided to support the policy; that weekly commuters from France or Germany can be exempted; and that the government is preventing people from travelling to and from countries with lower infection rates than the UK. "However, the government has said the quarantine period is a"proportionate and time-limited approach'' to protect public health. Willie Walsh, the boss of IAG, which owns BA, Iberia and Aer Lingus,has called the quarantine policy "Irrational", while Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary has called the policy a "Stunt" and that it would not be enforceable. Industry body Airlines UK has said quarantine "Would effectively kill off air travel".

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