PARIS (Reuters) – Global airline body IATA criticised Britain’s snap decision to re-impose coronavirus quarantine measures on travellers from Spain as a severe blow to recovery hopes that was disproportionate to health risks.
“This is a big setback for consumer confidence that is essential to drive a recovery,” the International Air Transport Association said in an emailed statement on Monday, after Britain abruptly restored a two-week quarantine requirement for travellers returning from Spain.
The move “does not accurately reflect the risk of a regional spike in one corner of the country,” IATA said – adding that restoring confidence in travel would depend on governments “working together to isolate and precisely manage risks” rather than a “stop-and-go” approach to restrictions.
“The UK’s decision falls short of the mark,” it said.
(Reporting by Laurence Frost; Editing by Hugh Lawson and Louise Heavens)