Airlines respond after government changes Spain travel rules

Several UK airlines have criticised the Government for its decision to remove the travel corridor for people arriving into the UK from Spain.

The decision, announced on Saturday evening (25 July), means that from midnight tonight a nyone returning into the UK from Spain will have to self isolate for two weeks.

The UK Foreign Office has also advised against all but essential travel to the Spanish mainland.

Responding to the decision, numerous UK airlines which carry flights to Spain directly criticised the move and accused the Government of throwing people's travel plans into "chaos".

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One airline said the removal of Spain from the air bridge scheme would have a serious impact on "an already troubled aviation industry".

Both EasyJet and British Airways expressed disappointment at the announcement and said that they were still planning to operate flights as scheduled.

In a statement, EasyJet criticised the decision in the grounds that the spike in cases in Spain was "regional rather than nationwide".

The UK Government announced an end to the air bridge with Spain

The airline said that customer who no longer wished to travel could transfer flights free of charge or obtain a voucher for the value of the booking.

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An EasyJet spokesperson said: "We are disappointed that the Government has decided to impose a quarantine requirement for those travelling from the whole of Spain since the increased occurrence of coronavirus is regional rather than nationwide.

"We plan to operate our full schedule in the coming days. Customers who no longer wish to travel can transfer their flights without a change fee or receive a voucher for the value of the booking.

"Should any flights be cancelled for later in August customers will be notified and informed of their options which includes transferring to an alternative flight free of charge, receiving a voucher or applying for a refund via a webform on our dedicated Covid Help Hub at easyJet.com."

British Airways said the decision had the effect of "throwing thousands of Briton's travel plans into chaos" and branded it "yet another blow for British holidaymakers".

The airline said that customers could find further information on their website.

A British Airways spokesperson said: "While our flights continue to operate, we are disappointed that the government is now advising against all but essential travel to mainland Spain and re-introducing quarantine for holidaymakers returning from Spain with immediate effect, throwing thousands of Briton's travel plans into chaos.

"This is sadly yet another blow for British holidaymakers and cannot fail to have an impact on an already troubled aviation industry.

"We will be providing our customers with the latest information about their flights on ba.com."

The aviation industry has been left reeling from the financial impact of coronavirus with many airlines announcing hundreds of redundancies in a desperate bid to cut costs.

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