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The airlines are demanding that top holiday destinations be spared by the 14-day quarantine rule


A list of 45 countries to prioritize quarantine-free "airlifts" was sent to ministers last night.

The airlines created the index last week at government requests in growing anger over "unenforceable" plans for a 14-day quarantine that was imposed on all arrivals.

The list, which has been agreed by airlines such as British Airways, Easyjet and Virgin Atlantic, includes popular holiday destinations in Europe such as France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece, as well as the United States and much of the Caribbean.

Last night, Tory Backbenchers said that plans to expose UK visitors to blanket quarantine measures were increasingly "horrified".

The full list of 45 countries that airlines want to prioritize for quarantine-free "airlifts".

A senior Tory said the plans did not have support for "very large parts of the cabinet," adding, "There was a case for it in March, but there is no case for it." Officials prepare proposals This could allow quarantine-free travel to locations selected for their popularity and economic importance.

The airlines want the first airlifts to be built by the end of this month at the latest, sources say, which raises new hopes for summer vacations abroad.

The blanket quarantine that comes into force next Monday has been criticized by the Border Force, police leaders and Tory MPs, who say it is filled with loopholes.

According to Whitehall sources, the Home Office and Department of Transportation are well on their way to establishing quarantine-free travel corridors between countries. An industry source said the mail: “Much (of the list) focuses on short-haul leisure – popular vacation spots and places where people could fly to see friends and family. We want as many as possible to be set up by the end of the month.

“The government asked the airlines to send it in so they could get a sense of where the volume and demand would be. It's quite a contrast to a week and a half ago when Downing Street downplayed the idea of ​​airlifts. “The proposed list depends on countries that want to airlift with Britain have to drop the Federal Foreign Office's advice against all but essential global travel.

Airline and airport chiefs will meet government officials tomorrow when details of the quarantine plan are released.

Eating out: Customers in Greece who are on the list this weekend

Eating out: Customers in Greece – that's on the list – this weekend

A number of Tory MPs are opposed to the quarantine plans, and Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the Backbenchers Committee in 1922, has informed Downing Street of their concerns. He said: "The basic objection to the quarantine proposal is that it makes no sense to have quarantine for trips from countries with very low or no infection rates.

“At least it should be possible to exclude a number of countries on this basis. Airlifts are a very sensible proposition. "

A senior Tory said, “I share concern that the quarantine plan will do so much damage to the tourism industry without necessarily making us much safer. It feels a little late and a little strong. "

An ex-minister said: “There is growing horror in the bank. It's been a few weeks since the government first thought about quarantine, and we have no further information on how it will actually be implemented. "

Henry Smith, Tory MP and Chairman of the Future of Aviation Group, said: "I don't think quarantine is adequate to be introduced in just over a week. This will prolong the damage to the aviation and travel industries. It is well-intentioned but not very effective, so the idea of ​​airlifts has its justification and is worth exploring. "

Don't let Britain get stuck

By Graham Brady and Paul Maynard

One fact that may surprise many is that Britain, despite its small island state, has the third largest air network. We are only behind the US and China and are the largest in Europe.

Our world-class airlines and airports are proud to support Britain's global connectivity, and the industry creates over a million jobs nationwide.

However, the scale of the sector cannot currently be realized because the airlines have had to cease operations.

Sir Graham Brady MP is Chairman of the 1922 Committee

Paul Maynard is a member of Blackpool North & Cleveleys and a former Secretary of Aviation

Sir Graham Brady MP (left) is Chairman of the 1922 Committee and Paul Maynard MP (right) is a former Minister of Aviation

As we watch other nations announce their intention to reopen their borders, Britain appears to be taking the opposite route and declaring a 14-day quarantine for arriving passengers.

If this is to be implemented, it need not be there longer than necessary.

This is important not only for the long-term impact on our aviation and tourism industry, but also for the disproportionate impact on our position as a proud trading nation.

It will be impossible to put goods on the market if people are forced to isolate themselves for two weeks after arriving in the UK.

"As we see other nations announce their intention to reopen their borders, Britain appears to be taking the opposite route and declaring a 14-day quarantine for arriving passengers," said Sir Graham Brady MP and Paul Maynard MP

What's next? The government has accepted the concept of "airlifts" that would allow certain countries to travel without quarantine.

British airlines have set 45 quarantine-free airlift destinations. We urge the government to set it up as soon as possible. We cannot afford to be left behind. France and Greece recently announced plans to end some border controls as of June 15.

The government needs to work towards an approach that ensures that public health requirements are met, while at the same time allowing industry to do what it does best – connecting goods and people and creating jobs.

There is no second to lose.

Sir Graham Brady MP is Chairman of the 1922 Committee and Paul Maynard MP is a former Minister of Aviation

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