The Channel Islands are popular holiday hotspots for Britons known for their beach resorts and coastal cliffs. Since the coronavirus pandemic began, the islands have been off limits to Britons and holidaymakers from other countries. But now, the flag carrier airline of the Bailiwick of Guernsey Aurigny has decided to cancel all of its summer flights until the end of August.
However, he also said he was hopeful that Jersey’s Gatwick link would continue through easyJet instead.
Mr Farnham said: “If British Airways were to operate solely from Heathrow then I feel very confident that we would see new Heathrow links start up much sooner than had they stayed at Gatwick, so there is some reason to be positive there.”
The minister also said that wishes to see the “tourism industry start up again” in a “safe and careful way”.
It comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced last week that the UK Government was imposing quarantine rules for people arriving from abroad.
Mr Johnson said that travellers arriving from abroad will have to be put in quarantine for 14 days and provide the Government with an address for contact.
Once they have completed 14 days of quarantine, they can then mix with the general population.
However, exceptions to the rules currently include journeys within the common travel area which includes the UK, Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Ireland.
No other countries have been named, although there are no quarantine measures for France “at this stage”, according to a spokesman for the Prime Minister.
Downing Street denied that visitors to the UK from France will be allowed to completely by-pass the new quarantine rules.
He said: “If you look at what was actually said in the joint statement on Sunday night, it said no quarantine measures apply to France at this stage and the key words in that sentence are ‘at this stage’.
“So there is no exemption agreed with France. What we have said is that we will be working together with the French on this issue in the coming weeks.
“A working group between the two governments will be set up to ensure that consultation takes place throughout the coming weeks and that cooperation is particularly necessary for the management of our common border.”
Published at Fri, 15 May 2020 07:00:00 +0000