The bosses of British Airways, Easyjet and Virgin Atlantic have criticised the Government’s plans to introduce hotel quarantine for arrivals from ‘high risk’ destinations.
In an open letter to the Prime Minister, executives from the three airlines said they had ‘seen no compelling scientific evidence’ to support the idea of hotel quarantine, and called on Boris Johnson to discuss financial support for the industry.
“Policy should be based on evidence,’ they wrote; ‘and we have seen no compelling scientific evidence that introducing a policy potentially of blanket quarantine in hotels, is necessary in addition to measures only recently introduced.
‘We request the opportunity to discuss both an exit plan and a bespoke support package with you urgently, at a time of your convenience.’
The plans, based on Australia’s hotel quarantine system, would cost travellers up to £1,500 for 10 days self-isolating – with meals served in their rooms and round-the-clock supervision by private security guards.
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