Leeds Bradford Airport working with airlines after Government implements quarantine hotels for people returning from ‘red list’ countries
Leeds Bradford Airport has said it will work with airlines following the Government's announcement to that it will implement quarantine hotels.
Travellers returning to the UK from “red list” countries will now have to quarantine in hotels for 10 days, the Prime Minister announced on Wednesday, January 28.
People will also be required to fill in a form explaining why their trip is necessary, with enforcement of the ban on leisure travel stepped up at airports.
Boris Johnson told the Commons that passengers will be “met at the airport and transported directly into quarantine”.
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There are 30 countries on the "red list", covering all of South America, southern Africa and Portugal.
Leeds Bradford Airport regularly operates flights to the Algarve in Portugal as it is a popular holiday destination.
It does not currently have flights to South American countries or southern African countries.
A spokesman for the Yeadon-based airport said: "We continue to keep up with and operate within the latest government advice, we will implement as appropriate to make any processes as smooth as possible for passengers
"This remains an evolving situation but we continue to work with our airline partners on their flight schedules for this year and beyond."
Home Secretary Priti Patel, also speaking in Commons, set out more details on the quarantine measures.
Patel said: “Despite the stay-at-home regulations we are still seeing people not complying with these rules.
“The rules are clear, people should be staying at home unless they have a valid reason to leave.
“Going on holiday is not a valid reason, so we will introduce a new requirement so that people wishing to travel must first make a declaration as to why they need to travel.
“This reason for travel will be checked by carriers prior to departure.”
Travel operators are expected to face fines if they fail to inspect these forms.
Ms Patel went on to give examples of people who “should simply not be travelling”.
She said: “At St Pancras people have been turning up with their skis, that is clearly not acceptable.
“We see plenty of influencers on social media showing off about which parts of the world that they are in, mainly in sunny parts of the world.
“Going on holiday is not an exemption and it’s important that people stay at home.”
Labour chair of the Home Affairs Committee Yvette Cooper said the measures “don’t go far enough to deliver a comprehensive system”.
Airline bosses are demanding that the Government provides an “urgent road map for the reopening of air travel”.
The chief executives of British Airways, easyJet and Virgin Atlantic were among those calling for the Government to publish a plan that “draws upon the tools available now to us, including testing, working in concert with vaccine rollout at home and internationally”.
They added: “The time has now come for a bespoke support package that can get UK airlines through this crisis.”
Paul Charles, chief executive of travel consultancy The PC Agency, said: “Many questions remain about the damage these extra quarantine measures will do to the economy and the travel sector.
“What is the economic impact in terms of lost jobs and likely business failures, and what is the exit plan for ending these restrictive measures?
“It would be much more effective for the Government to put more resources into enforcing quarantine at home. Tougher fines for those not complying and daily physical checks by police, alongside the need to test negative before entry to the UK, would prevent infection spreading.”
– These are the countries affected by the quarantine hotels policy:
Democratic Republic of Congo
Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores)