Heathrow Airport has called for the government to set out a plan to re-open borders, so airports and airlines can restart more flights, after Boris Johnson confirmed travellers will have to self-isolate upon arrival in the UK.
It is not clear how long the quarantine will last or when it will be brought in, but airlines have been told that it will be a 14-day quarantine period.
The London airport, the busiest in Europe in normal times, said in a statement that the quarantine plan would effectively close the UK’s borders, resulting in even lower passenger numbers than the 200,000 seen in April.
The budget carrier easyJet urged the government to keep the quarantine only for a short period. A spokesperson said, “Quarantine requirements for passengers should only be in place for a short period, while the UK remains in lockdown.”