LONDON (Reuters) – Airlines British Airways, Ryanair and easyJet have sent a joint letter to the British government, of which Reuters has obtained a copy, to protest the “totally unwarranted and disproportionate” quarantine rules to be imposed from Monday most passengers arriving in Britain on an international flight.
These companies claim that this measure will slow the resumption of air transport after the virtual paralysis caused by the confinements imposed worldwide by the pandemic linked to the new coronavirus.
From June 8, anyone arriving in Great Britain must respect a 14-day isolation and specify their place of residence during this period.
In their “pre-action protocol letter”, which means that it could open the way to legal proceedings, British Airways, Ryanair and easyJet criticize the government for not having provided any justification for this measure.
“The effect is to introduce a totally unjustified and disproportionate restriction on people entering England (and arguably the United Kingdom) and will inevitably mean that there will be a very small increase in the number of people leaving and entering the country “, is it written in this letter.
The government clarified that this quarantine would be applied throughout Great Britain but that its implementation, and the associated sanctions, would depend on the autonomous executives.
Willie Walsh, the managing director of IAG, the parent company of British Airways, said that the airline industry had not been consulted before the measure was created and that a legal remedy was under consideration.