HEATHROW Airport in London says that it is against 14-day air quarantines and wants travel bubbles with low-risk areas like Spain’s holiday islands, who are strong candidates for easier journeys.
The government says they are going to introduce a fortnight’s quarantine for people arriving in Britain to prevent a second wave of the coronavirus.
Heathrow bosses say they are unhappy about the move and have confirmed talks with the Transport Department over creating travel bubbles from countries and areas that have less of a chance of people bringing Covid-19 into the UK.
“The proposal would create ‘travel corridors’ or ‘travel bubbles’ allowing free movement between countries or cities that are very low-risk, but potentially blocking flights from high-risk markets to safeguard public health,” the airport said in a statement.
Such a set-up would be much less damaging to the economy than the quarantine policy, said Heathrow.
The government is yet to provide further details of the quarantine policy.
Culture minister Oliver Dowden said today (May 18) that Britain was still in talks with France over whether to exempt travellers from across the Channel.
As part of its plans to ensure international travel can restart safely, Heathrow also said it would this week start trialling thermal screening in immigration as well as UV sanitation on trays used at security gates.