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Heathrow CEO says Covid crisis risks becoming 'unemployment pandemic'

by Julius McCutcheon (2020-06-17)


Heathrow's chief railed against the quarantine place today warning there is a danger of the 'health pandemic becoming an unemployment pandemic'.

Home Secretary Priti Patel today insisted that a 14-day quarantine for UK arrivals is 'essential to save lives' - but confessed it would hit businesses hard.  

She defied a significant Conservative revolt to tell MPs the blanket rule would come into force from Monday, with the next review new due to happen until the end of the month.

With just a few limited exceptions for lorry drivers and NHS workers, everyone coming to the country by plane, rail or sea will be ordered to give an address and self-isolate for two weeks, with spot checks from officials.  

Heathrow boss John Holland Kaye said there had to be an 'exit plan' from the restrictions to avert huge redundancies.

'If we don't get a plan from the Government in the next few days on how we are going to reopen the economy, those jobs are at risk,' he said.






Home Secretary Priti Patel today insisted that a 14-day quarantine for UK arrivals is 'essential to save lives' - but confessed it would hit businesses hard







YouGov research found 63 per cent in favour of applying the rule broadly, while 24 per cent said it should only cover countries with high infection rates










'I am going to have to make that decision in the next few weeks about jobs in my own company.

'We need to stop this health pandemic becoming an unemployment pandemic.' 

Ryanair has described the UK's quarantine as 'utterly ineffective', claiming people can be playing golf or lying on a beach when telephone checks are made.






Heathrow boss John Holland Kaye said there had to be an 'exit plan' from the restrictions to avert huge redundancies


The airline claimed quarantines can only work when passengers are 'detained' at their point of arrival.

It said in a statement that the UK plans to allow people to travel on public transport across the country, and there is 'nothing to stop' them shopping in a supermarket to collect groceries before their 14-day quarantine begins.

The airline went on: 'Once they have arrived at their 'quarantine address', the UK Government will phone less than 1% of these visitors but only on their mobile phone, which can be answered from any golf course, beach, park or indeed supermarket across the UK, thereby rendering this quarantine utterly ineffective and useless.

'For the UK to be imposing a 14-day quarantine on inbound visitors when it already has one of the worst Covid infection and death rates in Europe, is closing the door long after the horse has bolted.

 'Most visitors to the UK from Europe are arriving from countries with a lower R rate than the UK.' 






Ryanair has described the UK's quarantine as 'utterly ineffective', claiming people can be playing golf or lying on a beach when telephone checks are made















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A spokesman for trade body Airlines UK, which represents UK carriers, said: 'We need to see much more clarity on air bridges over the coming days.

'The key thing is that they are established as soon as possible alongside the FCO (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) travel advice being changed, and ideally before the review on June 29.