British Airways is calling for Covid-testing at airports instead of the 14 day quarantine for people returning to the UK, warning it may not survive the pandemic under the current government regulations.
“British Airways can survive, but only if the Government will work with us, rather than against us,” British Airways CEO Alex Cruz wrote in a column for The Telegraph.
“Airports like our home Heathrow have testing stations set up and ready to go, but their teams are standing idle waiting while our Government sits on its hands.
“Thirty other countries have introduced airport testing to unlock the problem, so my question to the Government is, why can’t we?”
BA has already warned of 12,000 job losses, and have culled more than 2,000 from their catering firm Do&Co.
“I am doing everything in my power to keep British Airways flying. Others are doing the same,” Cruz said. “But we need help.”
The airline is currently operating at a 30 per cent schedule up from just five per cent schedule in March, April and May.
However UK PM Boris Johnson has said only seven per cent of cases could be caught by screening passengers on arrival, according to advice from Public Health England.
“So 93 per cent of the time you could have a real false sense of security, a false sense of confidence when you arrive and take a test,” he said.
“That’s why the quarantine system that we have has got to be an important part of our repertoire, of our toolbox, in fighting Covid.
“What we don’t want to see is reinfection coming in from abroad and quarantine is a vital part of that.”