Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Passengers heading for quarantine worry about financial repercussions from Scotland tightening restrictions

Passengers arrive from Stavange, follows announcements of tighter restrictions to travel earlier in the week./
Taken 03/02/21
Passengers arrive from Stavange, follows announcements of tighter restrictions to travel earlier in the week./ Taken 03/02/21

Passengers flying in and out of the north of Scotland have voiced concerns about stricter travel restrictions.

Tougher quarantine rules announced by the First Minister will affect all arrivals touching down in Scotland.

Changes to restrictions were described by Ms Sturgeon as an effort to “guard against” the mutant South Africa variant of coronavirus being imported.

The plans were met with some hesitance by those catching flights to and from Aberdeen International Airport yesterday.

Several passengers aboard the afternoon flight from Stravanger, Norway, thought the prospect of a “managed quarantine” could present a financial burden.

One man who wished didn’t wish to be named said: “If I have to quarantine in a hotel after flying back from Norway I’d be out of the job.

“My employer pays for accommodation prior to a job but if I had to do it afterwards as well, it just wouldn’t be viable.

“I can understand perhaps people coming from holiday who have been out having a good time.

“The industry is already on its knees, we have our isolation period and testing before and during our work on the rigs – its almost like a medical quarantine while you’re there.”

Bosses at the airport had slammed the plans made by the Scottish Government, citing a lack of consultation. 

However, in a recent study conducted by Aberdeen University, links between international tourism and spikes in covid related deaths were drawn – with similar information driving the decision making process taken by each of the devolved governments.

Mark Petch, who had taken a domestic flight to the city added: “The flight today was very quiet and well managed, right now I’m just about to start my isolation before I can go out and work.

“I think it depends where they are coming from internationally, my only issue is funding the hotel stay because it wouldn’t be cheap.”

Mike Tibbert, vice president of the Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association said: “What the SPAA has been asking for, since the early days of the pandemic, is a clear roadmap out of what is realistically a terminal situation for the Scottish travel sector.

“Scotland urgently needs a plan for how our country will return to travel, and targeted financial support for the whole sector.”

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]