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UK airports call on Britain to exclude Spanish islands from quarantine policy

Christian Fernsby ▼ | July 28, 2020
A trade association representing British airports called on the government to drop the need for holidaymakers to quarantine for two weeks after returning from Spain's Balearic and Canary Islands, warning of a further hit to the beleaguered sector.
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"The government must look urgently at introducing air bridges on a regional basis which would allow travel to islands such as Lanzarote, Majorca and Tenerife, where infection rates are lower, to continue," said AOA Chief Executive Karen Dee.

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"UK airports have already lost around 2 billion pounds since the start of the

andemic and this announcement reinforces the fragile nature of the industry," she said.

Last year, Britons made up over a fifth of foreign visitors to Spain, which relies heavily on tourism revenues, and the government there has said it is focussing its efforts on trying to persuade London to exclude the islands from its quarantine plans.

Britain has defended the decision as a response to a jump in infections.