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Top airlines take United Kingdom government to court over 'devastating' quarantine

Top airlines take United Kingdom government to court over 'devastating' quarantine”

All three airlines had hoped to resume regular flights after air travel came to a near total standstill during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic, leading to about 20,000 job losses between them.

BA, along with competitor airlines easyJet and Ryanair, launched legal action on Friday to try to overturn the quarantine policy.

The government, meanwhile, has argued that the quarantine restrictions on arrivals are vital to prevent the further spread of Covid-19.

Last week, the airline's parent company IAG said it was burning through £178 million (NZ$349 million) a week.

"This wanton destruction of a loyal workforce can not appear to go without sanction by Government, parliamentarians or paying passengers who may choose differently in future".

He said MPs would continue to bring pressure to alter BA's plans, including potentially asking if its airport slots - it occupies nearly half of takeoff and landing slots at Heathrow, Britain's biggest airport - could be reviewed on competition grounds.

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If judges agree, lawyers have said the government would have to show the scientific evidence that underpinned the rule. A crisis not of our making but one which we must address.

They stated the airline is proposing to give redundancy notices to most of its 42,000 workers and offer jobs with new terms and conditions to a proportion of them, if it can not reach an agreement on job cuts and other changes.

"It is imperative that the UK Government finds a way to get aviation back on its feet", Merriman said.

The airlines said they wanted the government to readopt its previous quarantine policy introduced on March 10, which applied only to passengers arriving from countries deemed as high risk.

The committee's report into the impact of the pandemic on the aviation sector also urged the Government to abandon its 14-day quarantine rule at the end of June.

But the other two main unions representing its workers - Unite and GMB - are not engaging in talks. - Many planes from several airlines are parked at Chateauroux-Deols airport until the end of the crisis caused by Covid-19, the new coronavirus. We encourage businesses to respect the spirit of measures such as the job retention scheme.However, we stand ready to support those who may still lose their jobs. That helps us fund This Is Money, and keep it free to use.



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