Airline bosses tell Boris Johnson to set up testing of passengers in three ...

The quarantine time should be cut to five days and tests on passengers must begin within three weeks to avert economic disaster, airline chiefs say today. 

In a joint letter to the Prime Minister, the chief executives of Britain's carriers warn the UK is 'falling well behind international rivals' and say failure to re-open the skies will cost the economy £60billion. 

They are giving Boris Johnson three weeks to announce and implement a testing programme that will more than halve the 14-day quarantine period to five days – less than the Government's preferred target of eight days. 

Under the proposed scheme, travellers would be tested just once after five days in self-isolation. A negative test would free them from quarantine. 

The chief executives of Britain's carriers have warned Boris Johnson (pictured) that the UK is 'falling well behind international rivals' and said failure to re-open the skies will cost the economy £60billion

The chief executives of Britain's carriers have warned Boris Johnson (pictured) that the UK is 'falling well behind international rivals' and said failure to re-open the skies will cost the economy £60billion

Aviation chiefs want five-day tests to be trialled immediately on passengers travelling between London and New York, the world's most profitable air route and a vital business connection. 

This should be followed by an abolition of the 14-day quarantine policy currently imposed on passengers from high-risk destinations, the airlines say. 

The Daily Mail's Get Britain Flying Again campaign is supporting Covid tests on air passengers to bolster the virus-ravaged economy and give holidaymakers and business travellers the confidence to travel again. 

Last night a spokesman for the trade body Airlines UK said ministers have 'one last chance to save the aviation industry'. 

The letter has been signed by the bosses of British Airways, Ryanair, WizzAir, Jet2, TUI, EasyJet, Virgin Atlantic, Titan Airways and Eastern Airways, along with other aviation bosses

The letter has been signed by the bosses of British Airways, Ryanair, WizzAir, Jet2, TUI, EasyJet, Virgin Atlantic, Titan Airways and Eastern Airways, along with other aviation bosses 

In their letter to Mr Johnson, the airlines say: 'Now is the time for action. We urge you to announce and implement a policy on testing before the end of this month, and an expansion of regional travel corridors to mainland areas. 

'The stakes could not be higher. We risk economic ruin otherwise.

'Our industry is in crisis. This year we expect to carry passenger numbers not seen since the 1990s, a simply unsustainable situation. 

'A recovery to 2019 levels is not expected for at least four years and as a result, UK airlines

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