Airlines take government to court over coronavirus quarantine policy

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Airlines have launched legal action against the government’s quarantine policy amid warnings that the travel restrictions will have a “devastasting effect” on the economy.

International Airlines Group (IAG), the parent company of British Airways, has filed papers with the High Court formally challenging the introduction of the measures.

The company, backed by Ryanair and Easyjet, wants the quarantine to be urgently quashed on multiple grounds including that the government failed to provide any “scientific evidence” for the plan.

Airlines want the government to ditch the blanket restrictions for all arrivals in favour of “air bridges” that would allow quarantine-free travel between the UK and low-risk countries.

It is one of two legal challenges tabled against the plan. This week, lawyers acting for Simon Dolan, owner