Europe’s biggest budget airline has rejected the UK Government’s 14-day quarantine as ineffective and useless. Ryanair argues that for a quarantine to be effective, inbound passengers arriving at ports and airports need to be “detained” at their point of arrival.
The government however proposes to collect mobile phone numbers from inbound visitors, but then allow them to travel on the London underground, the Heathrow Express, the Gatwick Express, the bus network, and/or taxis to and from London, and to/from every other airport in the UK, giving opportunity to spread the virus.
Furthermore there is nothing to stop these visitors collecting groceries or any other essentials before arriving at their quarantine address. Less than one per cent of visitors will be contacted to check on them, and via mobile phone, which could be answered from anywhere.
A spokesperson for Ryanair said:
“This 14-day UK quarantine is ineffective, completely useless, and will have no effect on British passengers who will largely ignore it. At a time when the medical science across Europe, in countries such as Portugal, Spain, Italy and Germany, have safely removed all inbound visitor restrictions, the imposition of this completely defective quarantine in the UK is utterly useless and a total waste of time.
“Ryanair is [resuming] flying on July 1 with 1,000 daily flights from most UK airports, and we look forward to welcoming thousands of UK visitors going on their well-earned summer holidays to Portugal, Spain, France and Italy. We are equally confident that inbound visitors to the UK will not be deterred by this completely ineffective and useless quarantine measure, which both Priti Patel and Grant Shapps know cannot be implemented, cannot be policed and has no scientific basis supporting it whatsoever.”