UK airlines respond to introduction of “islands” policy on travel quarantine

September 7th, 2020

Responding to the announcement made today by the Transport Secretary on an “islands” policy with respect to travel quarantine, Tim Alderslade, Chief Executive of Airlines UK, the industry association representing UK-registered carriers, said:

“This is a step in the right direction, which in time could help open up more markets for international travel and further choice and clarity for passengers. That said, a comprehensive testing regime is urgently required to enable connectivity to and from countries like the US, one of our most vital trading and strategic partners. The Transport Secretary has intimated that good progress is being made but it’s critical this is signed off by Government and implemented by the end of this month, and as carriers we will work with him on delivering the right solutions. As airlines enter what will be an incredibly tough winter period, further economic support for the industry, such as an APD waiver, must be considered in addition to these improved travel guidelines.”