50 British business leaders want answers as to why Boris has put quarantine against the Islands

2020/07/30 09:00:58 Written by Canarian Weekly Business

London is now studying alternatives after internal political and economic pressure, which calls for safe corridors for the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands. The "perfect storm" in the sector worries about flight cancellations.

The British Government continues to defend the quarantine imposed on Spain, and other countries with high levels of coronavirus, but are beginning to consider alternatives in the face of increasing pressure from economic and political actors, who are asking for coherence and clarity to save thousands of people's jobs.

The new restrictions suddenly imposed by London last Saturday, have sparked the reaction of fifty prominent business leaders, who have sent a letter to the British Prime Minister, reminding him of the "enormous upheavals" that the quarantine is causing, which since Sunday forces travellers from Spain, including the Balearic and Canary Islands, to isolate themselves for fourteen days upon arrival back in the UK, with a penalty fine up to £1,000.

This measure is the “final blow” for a sector that “now runs the risk of being permanently damaged,” regret the signatories, who also criticize the lack of notice before implementation, and request that regional air corridors be established to areas less affected by the virus.

"We are in a situation in which the Government recommends not to travel to areas of Spain that have lower COVID rates than those of the United Kingdom," said in the letter, among others, the CEO of British Airways, Alex Cruz; the executive director of the employers' association Airlines UK, Tim Alderslade, and the head of London Heathrow Airport, John Holland-Kaye. All of them asking Johnson for an "urgent meeting" to "analyze the challenges" facing "our sector" and to analyze "our proposals to move forward."

Holland-Kaye already suggested yesterday morning, some of the solutions preferred by the industry and highlighted, above all, the importance of introducing a “double test system” of coronavirus for people arriving in the UK.

He explained that travellers can be given a first test upon arrival at the airport, and a second "between five and eight days" later to avoid "false negatives", and shorten the fourteen days of mandatory quarantine. He said that the infrastructure needed to carry out these tests at British airports, could "be ready in two weeks" and indicated that it would be the passengers who would have to pay the bill, which, according to him, would cost around £150.