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Romanian airline Blue Air fined for Heathrow passenger Covid breaches | Air industry

ByKimberly A. Brochu

Feb 22, 2022

An airline has become the first to be fined for failing to ensure passengers comply with Covid-19 regulations in England.

Romanian carrier Blue Air pleaded guilty to five offenses at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, including failing to check that passengers arriving at Heathrow had completed a Passenger Locator Form (PLF).

The company also admitted to failing to check whether a passenger arriving at London airport had produced the required evidence of a negative coronavirus test before departure. He was fined £40,000 for the breaches.

The decision marked the first prosecution by an airline under the Covid regulations, which gave new powers to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to regulate Covid rules for international travel. .

Blue Air had previously received notices of fixed penalties for breaking the rules, but did not seek to resolve them with the CAA – or pay them.

CAA Consumer Director Paul Smith said: “While we generally see high levels of airline compliance with regulations, it is important for consumer confidence and public health that breaches of requirements are addressed appropriately.

“It is important that airlines, including Blue Air, continue to engage with us in the future. The UK Civil Aviation Authority will always seek to pursue compliance failures where necessary.”

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The requirement for people entering England to take a pre-departure test before traveling was scrapped by the Department for Transport in January for fully vaccinated travellers, while the ‘Day 2’ test carried out after arrival in the country has been removed for double shot arrivals. earlier this month.

However, unvaccinated travelers are still required to comply with the regulations and all arrivals must continue to complete a PLF, which has since been simplified to complete.

The legal requirement to self-isolate for those who test positive for Covid will end on Thursday, the UK government announced this week.