Two major organizations representing airlines and airport associations sharply criticized “inconsistent” travel restrictions in Europe on Friday that undermine passenger confidence.
"The European aviation sector is asking the EU Member States and Schengen as well as the UK to review travel restrictions, especially quarantine," writes the International Air Transport Association (IATA, 290 companies) and Airlines for Europe (A4E), as well as ACI Europe, which represents more than 500 airports in 45 European countries.
They sent a letter to the leaders and ministers of transport, health and interior of EU countries, the Schengen area and the United Kingdom.
"Many of these restrictions are not in line with the principles of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)," the three organizations said.
“Some of these national unilateral measures run counter to expert advice and further undermine clients trust,” they warn.
Several European countries have announced quarantines for travelers from other EU countries and regions.
The British government hastily ordered the measure on July 26 towards Spain and surprised thousands of tourists who found themselves there on holiday.
The three associations are asking authorities for better coordination and harmonization at the European level. They also demand that restrictive measures be made as localized as possible, and that quarantine be applied only as a last resort.