The Airport Owners Association (AOA) including Dave Lees, Chief Executive, Bristol Airport as a signatory, has issued a letter to the Prime Minister calling for urgent action.
Dave Lees, Chief Executive , Bristol Airport said:
“Whilst we welcome the government’s recent decision on introducing the islands policy as a first initial step towards a fully regionalised quarantine policy based on assessed health risk factors and infection rates. It is hugely disappointing that government have not addressed the core issue of introducing a testing regime for arriving customers at airports. As an industry we need government to urgently accelerate a testing regime for arriving customers into the UK which would safeguard public health, help to reduce the quarantine period, remove uncertainty and allow businesses and passengers to make informed travel choices. This decision would form part of the solution to give customers confidence and one that is also scientifically sound to protect the health and safety of our customers and staff which is our number one priority, whilst protecting against further job losses in the industry which now seem inevitable under the current Government blanket quarantine scheme and the lack of support to aviation.
“Without action the Government is suffocating an already struggling aviation and airports sector and our great country will find itself in a weaker position than its European neighbours, with reduced International connectivity. This is surely a risk too great for our island nation which depends on connectivity to succeed in a fiercely competitive post Brexit world.