Tuesday, October 20, 2020

British Airways boss urges UK to end 14-day quarantine

New British Airways chief executive Sean Doyle has urged the UK government to end the quarantining of passengers arriving from abroad amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“We need to get the economy moving again and this just isn’t possible when you’re asking people to quarantine for 14 days,” Doyle told an online aviation conference, a week after he replaced Alex Cruz as the CEO of British Airways.

“If we look abroad to our near neighbours, we see that business travel and indeed tourism is being prioritised by some countries,” Doyle added.

 Addressing the same event, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the government was looking at introducing a virus test alongside a shortened quarantine period.

“My ministerial colleagues and I have agreed a regime, based on a single test provided by the private sector and at the cost to the passenger, after a period of self-isolation.”

He added, “It will mean a single test for international arrivals, a week after arrival.”

Doyle is not convinced however, telling the conference, “It’s our view that even if that quarantine period is reduced to seven days, people won’t travel here and the UK will get left behind.”

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