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British Airways to set up a free switch flight policy because of the coronavirus pandemic
Posted on 27/05/2020

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The government has decided to set up a 14 days quarantine period for everyone travelling to the UK, starting on the 8th June 2020. But of course, because the pandemic has been going on for so long now, many people say that it is about two or three months too late for these kinds of measures.

An uncertain future

An uncertain future
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And, if airlines were already in financial trouble, it hasn't helped them to convince people to book flights. So for the aviation industry, these new measures are unnecessary and could be very negative, particularly in countries where things are getting better such as the UK.

"It's a major deterrent to air travel. Required systematic quarantine is not necessary." said Alexandre de Juniac, director general of the International Air Transport Association.

The economic damage could be catastrophic, and it includes airlines such as British Airways, easyJet, Jet2 and Virgin Atlantic, which will most probably have an impact way beyond Britain.

"We will be guided by the science and the health of the public and the country will always come first, which is why we are implementing these restrictions at the border now," said Priti Patel.

Very strangely, this new rule does not apply to passengers arriving by midnight on 7 June. So in the end British Airways stepped up to say they would give the chance to people flying from the UK between 8-28 June to get back early and to avoid the two weeks quarantine. So in the end, the real question is what will happen after 28 June, and were these measures genuinely efficient or just another pretend policy?