Altrincham and Sale West MP Sir Graham Brady has intervened in the House of Commons in support of jobs at Manchester Airport.
He called on the Government to introduce a testing regime for air travellers rather than the 14-day quarantine period which has been suggested. A test-based approach is already in place elsewhere such as at Vienna Airport. He told the Commons:
‘The news of the proposed 14-day quarantine period for returning passengers is a hammer blow for the industry and threatens many more hundreds of thousands of jobs. If it looks like more than a temporary and selective measure, the result will be devastation for the industry and for the many jobs that depend on it.’
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Speaking later he said:
‘ We should all take the necessary precautions, but quarantine should only be considered where there is scientific or medical justification such as travel from high risk countries: Manchester Airport is an important employer locally and a crucial driver of the whole NW economy. The introduction of draconian measures not supported by the science would destroy jobs and businesses at a time when we need to rebuild opportunities. I want Ministers to rethink these proposals.’