July 27, 2020 / 11:00 AM / 16 days ago

UK quarantine move deals disproportionate blow: IATA

FILE PHOTO: A passenger wearing a face mask waits at the departures area of Gatwick Airport, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Gatwick, Britain June 15, 2020. REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

PARIS (Reuters) - Global airline body IATA criticised Britain’s snap decision to re-impose coronavirus quarantine measures on travellers from Spain as a severe blow to recovery hopes that was disproportionate to health risks.

“This is a big setback for consumer confidence that is essential to drive a recovery,” the International Air Transport Association said in an emailed statement on Monday, after Britain abruptly restored a two-week quarantine requirement for travellers returning from Spain.

The move “does not accurately reflect the risk of a regional spike in one corner of the country,” IATA said - adding that restoring confidence in travel would depend on governments “working together to isolate and precisely manage risks” rather than a “stop-and-go” approach to restrictions.

“The UK’s decision falls short of the mark,” it said.

Reporting by Laurence Frost; Editing by Hugh Lawson and Louise Heavens

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