After the announcement of the promulgation of the travel ban from midnight, people at Heathrow Terminal-5 got crowded.
Several countries have imposed stringent restrictions after the introduction of mutations in coronaviruses (the new variant of coronavirus) in Britain. 13 European countries France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Portugal, Belgium, Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, Romania, Croatia and Netherlands banned flights from the UK.
Last year, Corona Outbreak’s Bath in Wuhan, China, was in a hurry for people to leave. This is happening in Britain this time. This was followed by a rush of people to catch a Dublin (Ireland) flight at London’s Heathrow Airport on Sunday night. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is also scheduled to meet with the government’s Cobra Emergency Committee today on the ban imposed by many countries.
Heathrow’s Terminal-5 became crowded after several countries announced the introduction of a travel ban from midnight. Many people were not able to depart from this flight due to Air Lingus being overbooked by a British Airways flight.
Rachel Scully, a passenger who came to catch a flight to Dublin, posted on social media that the Irish government has arranged another plane at 10:30 pm. The flight will arrive in Dublin 15 minutes before the midnight ban.
Hoping this will be the final update: Irish gov have given the green light and we’ve been processed for a BA flight. Due to land at 23:45. Woops of joy once the news got out. A Christmas miracle!
– Rachael Scully (@RachaelScullyyo) December 20, 2020
Another passenger, Sian Hue, was seen cursing British Airways and Heathrow Airport on social media. Said that there is neither any kind of flight nor any kind of information for the Irish people.
On the other hand, Heathrow had appealed to all passengers to check flight status and travel advice through social media posts. Katie Klein, an airport staffer, told The Irish Times that hundreds of passengers had arrived at the airport and tried to book an alternate flight if the flight did not get at 8:55 pm.
All passengers are advised to check their flight status and travel advice before travelling to the airport.
If you do not have a ticket or you are destined for a country with an active UK ban in place, you will not be able to check-in and therefore should contact your airline. pic.twitter.com/aFRxUxYDUQ
– Heathrow Airport (@HeathrowAirport) December 20, 2020
Social media users also appealed to people to exercise restraint due to the crowd gathered at Heathrow. One social media user wrote, what is the benefit of traveling even after being so close to Christmas, when you have to go through a 10-day isolation period. Therefore, it is necessary to ban travel.