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British Airways refuses to meet UK Home Secretary over quarantine plans

British Airways refuses to meet UK Home Secretary over quarantine plans

British Airways refused to attend a meeting with Home Secretary Priti Patel last week to discuss the UK's new quarantine plans. Click here to read the full story.

The UK's biggest airline is a fierce opponent of the plans, which will require travellers to the UK to isolate for 14 days or face a £1,000 fine.

BA did not give a reason for its absence and declined further comment.

The new quarantine rules came into force from 8th June. BA, under huge financial strain due to the pandemic, has called it "another blow to our industry".

BA and owner IAG - which also runs Iberia and Aer Lingus - are understood to be annoyed at what they see as a lack of consultation over the quarantine's introduction.

It is expected most travellers will completely ignore the new quarantine rules - Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has said he will not cancel flights despite the government’s new quarantine rules for travellers arriving in the UK, because “British people are ignoring this quarantine. They know it’s rubbish.”

The airlines argue that the rules have come into force much too late to stop the transmission of Covid-19 and will kill off any nascent recovery in their industries.

O’Leary said the airlines planned to file legal papers and hoped the case would be heard this week.

Johan Lundgren, the chief executive of easyJet, said the government rushed through the measures and that the airlines had a good chance of winning the legal action to have them scrapped.

Despite the Government position Green Motion in the UK remains fully operational, as it has been throughout the pandemic, servicing the needs of NHS and keyworkers and for customers making essential journeys, and leading the UK car rental market in the implementation of customer & staff safety and social distancing procedures.

Green Motion Founder & CEO Richard Lowden said, "The care and safety of our customers has always been and continues to be at the forefront of all Green Motion business activities, both here in the UK and across all of our worldwide destinations. Car rental is one of the safest personal modes of transportation, enabling consumers to avoid public transport and undertake their essential journeys with the peace of mind that their rental car has undergone the strictest sanitisation procedures."

The Green Motion network has car rental locations spanning the country, at all major airports such as London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London City Airport, London Stansted, London Luton, as well as Glasgow Airport, Edinburgh Airport, Birmingham International Airport, Newcastle Airport, Manchester Airport, Liverpool Airport, and Bristol Airport.

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