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IATA: The Collapse Of The British Aviation Industry Will Throw 820,000 People Out On The Street

IATA: The Collapse Of The British Aviation Industry Will Throw 820,000 People Out On The Street

The unprecedented air transport crisis facing the UK could put more than 820,000 people out of work in all areas of the country's economy and further undermine its recovery from the pandemic, according to an announcement on September 10 by the press service of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

IATA has called on the UK government to create an emergency plan to save the industry urgently, and in particular, the country's largest airline, British Airways, in the face of an impending unemployment disaster.

According to IATA experts, the damage to the industry is compounded by the government's policy, which introduces quarantine measures that kill the demand for air travel. The organization believes that without immediate action, the UK will fall behind its international partners and soon lose its position as the world's 3rd largest aviation market.

To resume air traffic, IATA proposed significantly easing quarantine measures and presented a plan to create a short-term incentive for demand.

First of all, it is proposed to introduce a passenger testing regime to unblock trips from high-risk countries, revise the threshold level for quarantine, and bring it to the global average. Also, according to the Association's experts, it is necessary to reduce the responsibility of passengers and extend the system of holidays for the air transport sector until restrictions are lifted. And the industry has a chance to recover.

“The stop-start-stop closing of the UK to the world is not a successful survival tactic for COVID-19. Without a rescue plan, 820,000 jobs will be vaporized by quarantine and they may never come back. The answer is a COVID-19 testing regime that manages the risk to keep people safe from the virus. And it will avoid apocalyptic unemployment that is sure to devastate society and the economy,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

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