A plane crosses a hotel as it takes off from London’s Heathrow Airport on January 25th. Chris J. Ratcliffe / Getty Images
The UK travel sector responded to the government’s new quarantine guidelines set out earlier by Prime Minister Johnson, saying the fight against Covid-19 was a top priority but it needed more government support to survive.
Johnson announced today that the UK will introduce government-provided accommodation, such as hotels, for 10 days for those who cannot be refused entry to the UK from high-risk countries.
Heathrow Airport, the UK’s largest airport, said it fully supports all measures to protect public health but called for more tax aid
“Aviation will play an important role in realizing the government’s ambitions for global Britain, leveling and green recovery, but only if it survives. Now we need 100% relief on corporate rates, an expansion of the vacation program and a timetable for the reopening to be right next door, ”Heathrow said in a statement to CNN.
The Airport Operators Association warned that these new measures will represent another blow to the industry, adding that the public health benefits of mandatory hotel quarantine are still to be seen, and also reiterating calls for more government action.
“The Australian and New Zealand governments have backed their government-ordered flight shutdowns with more than $ 1 billion in combined aviation-related support. It is time the UK government backed its tough stance on the border with similar financial support to the industry hardest hit by that stance, “said the Airport Operators Association.
Separately, airline heads of the UK’s major airlines, including British Airways, easyJet, Virgin, TUI, Loganair and Jet2, have signed a joint letter to the Prime Minister asking them to discuss an “exit plan and a tailored support package” to rescue the Company asked 1.56 million jobs with “immediate risk”.
“Jobs are being lost at an alarming rate and long-standing companies have been hit the wall,” ABTA told CNN.