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Heathrow charges against UK-imposed quarantine

London airport chief executive claims test for people arriving in the country.

London Heathrow Airport Chief Executive John Holland-Kaye has called on the British government to stop imposing quarantines on travellers and to introduce a test system for people arriving in the country.

This request comes after the airport reported losses of £ 1.1 million (€ 1.213 million) this week for the first half of the year. Holland-Kaye noted on the BBC that Heathrow’s financial results should serve as a “wake-up call” to establish a traveller testing system, rather than a 14-day quarantine like the one passengers have to go through from Spain since last Sunday.

The solution suggested, would be to mitigate the mandatory 14-day isolation for countries that are not on the government’s green list if they test negative.

The Executive of Boris Johnson announced this week that there are countries that could get taken off this green list if there are signs of a new wave of COVID-19 in Europe, while recommending not to travel to Spain- including the Balearic and Canary Islands.

Operators such as Jet2 and TUI also announced the cancellation of their vacation packages for the coming weeks, while Heathrow explained that the number of passengers at its airport decreased 96 per cent between April and June compared to last year.

However, in statements to the BBC, the secretary of state for culture and sport explained that there is currently “no viable alternative to the 14-day quarantine.”

On people planning to organize their vacations in these circumstances, Dowden said they can, but they should be aware of the risk of quarantine.


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