The United Kingdom government has imposed measures that are generating criticism from major stakeholders in airline business. Though, the measure according to UK government is part of the efforts to contain the COVID-19 virus in the land.
In a release to facilitate resumption of air travel on UK air space come June 8, the government has imposed a quarantine rule for people entering the country from June 8. One of the rules is a mandatory 14 days self-isolation for people entering the country from any part of the world.
Secondly, such people are not to use public transport while leaving the airport to the final destination. Lastly according to the rule, address of quarantine location must be given to officials for random checks. Any one that violates the rules will be subjected to fines according to the rule.
The first to criticize the UK new restriction rule is France. France said she would impose reciprocal measures on travellers from the UK or any European country that mandates such quarantine rules.
In a similar development, the Chef Executive Officer of International Air Transport Association (IATA), Alexandre de Juniac in a media briefing he said “Measures must based on science,” he said. “Quarantine measures are a major obstacle for air travel. No one will travel anywhere if they have to stay for two weeks in quarantine. We think governments should avoid quarantine measures by any means.”
The UK’s quarantine rule has been criticized by trade organization Airlines UK. In an open letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, signed by the CEOs of easyJet, Virgin Atlantic and several airport CEOs, Airlines UK said people will “simply choose not to travel to and from the UK at the same time as economies in Europe and around the world begin opening up their borders.”