The boss of Manchester Airport has reacted to the newest journey restrictions, saying the federal government is ‘destroying buyer confidence’.
New journey guidelines imply that from 4am on Tuesday, all arrivals have to take a PCR test and self-isolate, regardless of vaccination status.
The check needs to be taken inside 48 hours of arriving within the UK.
In a tweet, the Well being Secretary mentioned: “In gentle of the latest knowledge we’re taking additional motion to sluggish the incursion of the Omicron variant.”
Charlie Cornish, boss on the Manchester Airport Group which operates Manchester Airport, London Stansted Airport and East Midlands Airport, mentioned the federal government has not shared knowledge to help the brand new guidelines.
He mentioned: “We perceive the necessity to reply shortly to the emergence of recent variants the place there’s a substantial menace to public well being.
“However, but once more, the Authorities has chosen to not share knowledge and proof to help its actions.
“Uncertainty, and a scarcity of transparency on decision-making, is destroying client confidence in journey and can maintain again the restoration of one of many UK’s most vital industries.
“There continues to be no recognition from the Authorities or the Opposition of the influence these restrictions could have on our sector, and the pressing want for help whereas we proceed to be prevented from working usually.”
The chief govt of the Airport Operators Affiliation Karen Dee mentioned that the coverage, starting on December 7, will act as a ‘main deterrent’ to journey.
“It is a devastating blow for aviation and tourism,” she mentioned.
“Pre-departure assessments act as a significant deterrent to journey and many of the restricted remaining demand following the reintroduction of self-isolation will now fall away, simply as airports had been hoping for a small uplift over the Christmas vacation.
“Journey and aviation are the one sectors hit with any working restrictions in response to the Omicron variant. The UK and devolved governments ought to have performed the appropriate factor and, alongside the restrictions, introduced help for our companies and our workers to get by way of one other interval of shutdown.”
The M.E.N has contacted the Division for Transport for a remark.