British Airways Considering Legal Actions Over “Quarantine”07/06/2020
British Airways owner IAG (International Airlines Group) now considering for legal actions over government’s newly implemented quarantine policies.
IAG’s chief executive Willie Walsh told Sky’s Ian King Live programme that “he is considering a legal challenge against the quarantine and is reviewing the situation with lawyers”.
Likewise, other airlines in the UK. British Airways is struggling with its passenger levels since the pandemic. As, many travellers are disinterested to travel this including government’s travel restrictions “against all but essential international travel”.
The airline only had just “485 passenger flights” during May 2020.
On the other hand, in April 2020 British Airways suspended more than 30,000 staffs.
However, Mr Walsh compared the rule as a “torpedo” as it will affect airlines chances of flying in July 2020.
He added, “We think it is irrational, we think it is disproportionate and we are giving consideration to a legal challenge to this legislation,”
Likewise, IAG’s chief executive Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary compares the rule as a “nonsense”. He also told Sky News.
The Airline said a statement, “Ryanair will support any legal action launched by IAG against this ineffective quarantine.”
Why Government’s Quarantine Rule Is Controversial?
It is very likely that there once the government introduce its new quarantine rules. There will be fewer passengers interested to travel abroad.
Once they return from holidays abroad, they will require to stay at home for 14 days. However, passengers arriving from Common Travel Areas (CTA) are excluded from screening.
This will have negative impact within the travel and airline industry. There are suggestions that the airline industry will struggle during 2020. New policy can make it worst.
As, they will require to provide their personal details. This including their address and contact number.
It is highly likely that police may trace the returnee from their contact number. In this scenario, if they provide London’s address but residing in Liverpool will face £1,000 fine.
Countries like New Zealand has implemented the similar rule once there are large number of COVID-19 cases.
But, it was very successful and the country has flattened the infection rates to almost ‘zero’. New Zealand has seen very small numbers of death.
However, UK’s government has implemented scheme but it is too late to act.