British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair have launched legal action against the UK Government’s “flawed” 14-day quarantine policy.
Anyone who arrives at a UK border is being asked to spend two weeks in isolation as part of the effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Those who breach the rules can be fined £480 in Scotland.
The airlines announced they have asked for a judicial review to be heard “as soon as possible”, claiming the measures introduced this week will have a “devastating effect on British tourism and the wider economy”.
They said they have seen no evidence of when proposed air bridges between the UK and other countries will be implemented.
Instead, they want the UK Government to re-adopt the policy it introduced on March 10, which saw passengers from countries deemed at high risk of coronavirus infection being order to self-isolate on arrival in the UK.
The three airlines said in a joint statement: “This would be the most practical and effective solution, and enables civil servants to focus on other, more significant issues arising from the pandemic while bringing the UK in line with much of Europe which is opening its borders mid-June.”
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