UK To Enforce 14 Day Quarantine On All Inbound Passengers

Details of the UK’s quarantine requirements have been revealed today by Home Secretary Priti Patel. From June 8th,…

UK To Enforce 14 Day Quarantine On All Inbound Passengers

Details of the UK’s quarantine requirements have been revealed today by Home Secretary Priti Patel. From June 8th, all arrivals will have to quarantine for 14 days, risking fines of up to £1,000 ($1,218) for non-compliance. While some will be exempted, this will affect the majority of arrivals to the UK.

Full details of the UK quarantine plan have been revealed today. Photo: Getty Images

How will the quarantine work?

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined the plan to introduce a quarantine in a briefing last week. Today, Home Secretary Priti Patel has revealed the full extent of the move and what it will entail.

According to her announcement, all arrivals into the UK will be required to self-isolate for 14 days, starting June 8th. She claims this will “reduce the risk of cases crossing our border.”

Those arriving in the UK will be required to fill out an online locator form to provide full details of where they will spend their 14 days of isolation. Refusal to fill in the form will invoke a fine of £100 ($122) and could see the UK Border Force refusing entry to those who do not comply.

In the situation where the arrival does not have a suitable facility in which to spend their quarantine, they will be required to spend the 14 days in “facilities arranged by the government.” Spot checks will be carried out, and those breaching the rules will be fined up to £1,000 ($1,218).

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Arrivals will be expected to self-isolate for 14 days. Photo: Getty Images

Within the plan, there are some exemptions, including lorry drivers, seasonal farmworkers, and health professionals involved in the fight against COVID-19. There will also be exemptions for those traveling from the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

It was hoped that some ‘air bridges’ would be included, allowing tourists to travel from low infection rate countries to the UK without quarantine. However, the government said that, at least initially, these were not being included.

The measure will be reviewed every three weeks after it begins.

Criticism by the aviation industry

As expected, the aviation industry is not in support of the quarantine plans. With a number of UK airlines, including easyJet, gearing up to restart flights, the implementation of a two-week quarantine will make it even more difficult for airlines to fill their planes.

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UK airlines are planning to resume flights in the coming weeks. Photo: Getty Images

Heathrow’s chief executive John Holland-Kaye previously said that the plan would “kill off aviation,” stating to Sky News that,

“Aviation is the lifeblood of the UK economy. All those manufacturers who want to get up and running will rely on the supply chain we’re bringing in as well as the exports we take all over the world.

“Equally, we have a tourism industry in the UK that relies on tourists coming into the UK, and unless we can get those people flying in from safe countries, we can’t get the hotels and the restaurants and so on restarted.

“We risk having, without a plan, a very extended period without flying, and we risk having a health crisis becoming an unemployment crisis.”

He suggested that more countries should be opened up to, including Australia, which has managed to achieve a very low level of the coronavirus.

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Virgin has said it won’t fly until at least August. Photo: Getty Images

Virgin Atlantic, which is planning job cuts of around 3,000 workers, has previously said that this quarantine would prevent it from restarting flights until at least August. Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has called the plan “bonkers,” suggesting that it would be impossible to police.

Airlines UK, a trade body representing British airlines, has said that it makes no sense to invoke quarantine at this late stage, and that it will be incredibly harmful to aviation. It told Sky News,

“It is just about the worst thing government could do if their aim is to restart the economy.”

Do you think the quarantine is a good idea? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Lufthansa Looks To Divide Widebody Fleet By Aircraft Type

Lufthansa is set to split its widebody aircraft equally between Frankfurt and Munich as it looks to optimize…

Lufthansa Looks To Divide Widebody Fleet By Aircraft Type

Lufthansa is set to split its widebody aircraft equally between Frankfurt and Munich as it looks to optimize its fleet post-crisis. The change will mean that each Lufthansa base will have one single deck widebody and one two-deck widebody.

Lufthansa will divide its widebody fleet by manufacturer. Photo: Oliver Roesler via Lufthansa

Lufthansa is currently in the process of reviewing its future operations. After 65 years of operations, the airline is back where it started in terms of its operations. However, the recovery won’t be as simple as merely restarting as things were. In fact, in total, the Lufthansa Group will operate 100 fewer aircraft than before the crisis.

A split fleet

Lufthansa will split its widebody fleet between its two bases going forward. Each base will have one single deck type and one aircraft type with two decks. This will see the Boeing 747 (both the 747-400 and the 747-8) based at Frankfurt. Additionally, once delivered, the Boeing 777-9 will also operate exclusively from Frankfurt.

The first Boeing 777-9 aircraft were due to be delivered to Lufthansa this summer. However, the program has suffered delays. While Lufthansa’s first Boeing 777-9 was recently spotted outside in Seattle, it isn’t due to be delivered until next summer now. Lufthansa is the launch customer for the type.

Before the current crisis, Lufthansa was planning to operate its Airbus A380 fleet from both Frankfurt and Munich with seven aircraft at each base. However, this plan has now changed. Lufthansa will park its remaining aircraft at Munich for the time being. The A350 will operate from Munich, to be joined by the A380 if and when it is reactivated.

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The new Boeing 777X will be based in Frankfurt alongside the Boeing 747. Photo: Lufthansa

A Lufthansa spokesperson told Simple Flying:

Lufthansa’s widebody aircraft will be distributed evenly between the two locations Frankfurt (Boeing 747-4, Boeing 747-8, Boeing 777-9) and Munich (A350, A380). The eight A380s stationed in Munich will remain parked, and the option to reactivate them will remain open for Munich.

What about the A340?

Interestingly, the Lufthansa spokesperson didn’t mention the Airbus A340 operating from either of the airports. Lufthansa currently operates both the Airbus A340-300 and the Airbus A340-600.

Lufthansa had previously announced that it would send its entire fleet of Airbus A340-600 to the Spanish aircraft graveyard in Teruel. The airline had said that these aircraft won’t fly for at least a year to a year and a half. Seven of it’s Airbus A380s are also currently in Teruel.

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The A350 and A380 fleets will be based in Munich. Photo: Alex Tino Friedel via Lufthansa

However, there remains the possibility that these aircraft won’t return to service at all. We do know for sure that at least seven of the 17 jets won’t fly for the German flag carrier again.

Simple Flying has contacted Lufthansa to confirms whether the A340-600s could return to the skies with the Lufthansa livery once again.

What do you make of Lufthansa’s new fleet plan spilt between the two airports? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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