British pilots call for “urgent” action

By TPN/Lusa, in News, Tourism, World, COVID-19, UK · 21-06-2021 11:32:00 · 4 Comments

British pilots yesterday called on Boris Johnson's government to enact “urgent” measures to support the aviation sector in the face of the “devastating” impact of the covid-19 pandemic on airlines and airports.

In a statement, the British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa) stressed that the UK aviation industry was “the most affected” in Europe by the restrictions imposed on international flights.

In an analysis of air traffic data from the 1st to the 15th of this month, Balpa said that the number of flights entering and leaving the United Kingdom dropped 75 percent compared to data for the same period in 2019. The association highlighted that the British airports of Gatwick (London) and Manchester were the most affected in all of Europe by the containment measures imposed to combat the spread of the new coronavirus, followed closely by Heathrow and Stansted, both also in the British capital. Balpa also indicated that some 860,000 jobs were lost in the aviation and tourism travel industry.

“It's official. The UK aviation industry is the hardest hit in Europe because of the ridiculous preemptive restrictions on international travel imposed by the British Government. [The government] feels like it is deliberately attacking aviation and harassing citizens with mixed messages about summer vacation,” lamented union secretary general Brian Strutton.

"Balpa demands that the British Government react and reopen the routes with the United States and with the European holiday destinations that they blocked without any evidence disclosed", added Strutton, who highlighted the importance of having for the economy national a “thriving aviation industry”.

Speaking to the BBC today, British Justice Minister Robert Buckland said that, given the rise of some covid-19 variants such as Delta, "there will be no normal holidays or travel" this summer in the UK. However, without disclosing specific data, Buckland admitted that the London executive does not rule out a reduction of the current restrictions in place, both with regard to foreign travel and quarantine, for those people who have already received the two vaccines against the coronavirus , being fully immunised.

From Saturday, compared to Friday, the UK recorded 10,321 more infections and 14 more deaths by covid-19, according to statistics released daily by the British Government. Between last Sunday and Saturday, the country had 63,764 new cases of infection by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which represents an increase of 33.2 percent of cases compared to the previous week. The number of deaths in the same week increased by 23.3 percent to 74 deaths. According to official statistics, the number of weekly hospitalisations also increased - 39.6 percent between 9 and 15 June.

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Brits, you voted for him (this political clown), you knew what to expect! You wanted the "Brexit", although it was clear early on that the information about it were wrong. Now you have to live with it! Wrong decisions have consequences.

By York Rapp from Lisbon on 24-06-2021 09:12

Perhaps the pilot's can transition into driving trains, like TAP pilots, no?

By Sakamoto Suarez from Other on 22-06-2021 12:50

Currently on Madeira Island been here 2 weeks not leaving anytime soon. Madeira the safest place on the planet after Israel. Boris wants Brits to spend their money in the UK where it costs them an arm and a leg to have a holiday with weather not even guaranteed. PCR tests at home that a joke you can get anyone to take them for you.I wouldn't pay them rip off merchants one penny. Parasites! I am 72 years young and I go to court rather than take one. I win as well! Boris is playing the redemption game. Sorry Boris people have long memories. We needed a Winston and we got you...

By David Benjamin from UK on 21-06-2021 12:35

Not only the end of our freedoms to travel, but the end of air travel as we know it.
The incompetent Governments have a LOT to answer for their incomptency in handling a virus that kills under 1% of the population.

By Mike J. from UK on 21-06-2021 11:50
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