British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair have launched a combined legal action against what they have branded a “flawed” quarantine introduced by the government earlier this week.
From Monday travellers arriving by plane, ferry or train – including UK nationals – must give an address where they will self-isolate.
They are requested to self-isolate for two weeks, with rule breakers fined £1,000.
Home secretary, Priti Patel, said the laws were designed “to prevent a second wave” of coronavirus.
In a statement, the three airlines said: “The UK government’s flawed quarantine which will have a devastating effect on British tourism and the wider economy and destroy thousands of jobs.
BA, Ryanair and easyJet argue there is no scientific evidence for such a severe policy quarantine policy, while the government is also banning people travelling to and from countries with lower infection rates than the UK.
Anyone arriving from the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man does not have to complete a form or enter quarantine.