Jun 5, 2020

British Airways threatens legal action over UK quarantine plans

The chief executive of British Airways' owner IAG said he was considering legal action over the UK government's quarantine travel rules, which he claimed had "Torpedoed" plans to restart passenger flights next month. Willie Walsh said IAG was consulting with lawyers about possible action into what he called "Terrible" measures requiring international passengers to self-isolate for 14 days after arriving in the UK by air. UK prime minister Boris Johnson has insisted quarantine rules are a meaningful protection against coronavirus. In a letter sent to MPs on Thursday, Mr Walsh said that BA had hoped to operate about 40 per cent of its scheduled flights in July, but said the plans had been "Torpedoed" by the introduction of the quarantine period. Mr Johnson's spokesperson said that the government was "Disappointed" that the airline chose not to attend yesterday's meeting to discuss the quarantine plans.

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