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UK’s top airlines mount legal challenge over 14-day self-isolation for imposed by Government

QUARANTINE rules coming into force tomorrow are facing a legal challenge from three airlines, we can reveal.

Easyjet, Ryanair and British Airways are attempting to block the 14-day self-isolation imposed by the Government.

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The aviation sector says the rules will “close down Britain” if they stand and a legal letter sent to ministers on Friday points out that the measure is harsher than that imposed on those who test positive, who must isolate for just seven days.

The letter says the Government has failed to “identify a valid justification for the blanket nature” of the regulations.

Airline bosses also question why no enforcement regulations have so far been published relating to the regions outside of England.

The three airlines also expressed their frustration that there is effectively a ban on people coming here from countries with a lower R - or coronavirus reproduction - rate.

Meanwhile, travellers could face pre-flight Covid-19 tests under future plans to help get the aviation industry moving.

One Whitehall source said: “People talk about tests on arrival — but the reality is you want to test before they take off. That will be the long-term goal.”

Ministers have also raised the prospect of establishing air bridges or travel corridors to countries such as Spain and Portugal to aid the travel sector.

Meanwhile, Heathrow boss John Holland-Kaye says the government must work round-the-clock to establish to kick-start the industry.

The airport boss joined a round table event with the Home Secretary to demand routes to low-risk destinations.

He told The Sun on Sunday it shows the type of “British ingenuity” that the government needs to get behind.

He said “Countries all over the world are opening up – not because they don’t care about public health, but because they’re putting in place measures to protect health and protect jobs.

“If we don’t, we’ll lose our summer, we’ll lose our jobs and we’ll close down Britain.

“I say to the Government, it doesn’t have to be this way. Plan for reopening. Protect health and British jobs. And save our summer.”

Holland-Kaye has said that the health epidemic will turn into an “unemployment epidemic” unless action is taken.

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