Facing the “destructive” effects of the covid-19 pandemic on airlines and airports, British pilots on Sunday called on the Boris Johnson government to approve “emergency” measures to support the aviation industry.
The British Airways Pilots Association (Balpa) emphasized in a statement that the British aviation industry is “most affected” by international flight restrictions in Europe.
When analyzing air traffic data from the 1st to the 15th of this month, Balpa said that compared with the same period in 2019, the number of flights into and out of the UK has dropped by 75%.
The association emphasized that Gatwick Airport (London) and Manchester Airport in the United Kingdom have been the most affected by containment measures taken to combat the spread of the new coronavirus in Europe, followed by Heathrow Airport and Stansted Airport. Both are located in the British capital.
Balpa also stated that approximately 860,000 jobs have been lost in the aviation and tourism industries.
“This is official news. The British aviation industry has been hit hardest in Europe because of the ridiculous pre-emptive restrictions imposed by the British government on international travel. [O Governo] It feels like deliberately attacking aviation and harassing citizens with confusing information about the summer vacation,” said Brian Stratton, the secretary-general of the union.
“Balpa asked the British government to respond and reopen routes to holiday destinations in the United States and Europe, but did not disclose any evidence of this,” Struton added, emphasizing the importance to the national economy. The development of aviation industry”.
British Attorney General Robert Buckland said in an interview with the BBC today that given the rise of some covid-19 variants such as Delta, there will be “no normal holidays or travel” in the UK this summer.
However, without revealing specific data, Buckland admitted that the London executive did not rule out reducing the current restrictions on foreign travel and quarantine for those who have been vaccinated with the two coronavirus vaccines because they are fully immunized.
From Sunday to Saturday, 63,764 new cases of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection were reported in the country, an increase of 33.2% from the previous week. The death toll in the same week increased by 23.3% to 74.
According to official statistics, the number of hospitalizations per week between June 9th and 15th also increased by 39.6%.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 4,620,968 people have been infected and 127,970 people have died in the UK. The Delta variant is more contagious than the original virus. It was first discovered in India and now dominates the country.
As of Friday, 42,679,268 people (81.0% of the adult population) received the first dose of the vaccine, and 31,087,325 people (59.0% of the adult population) received the second dose (complete vaccination).
According to a report released by the French agency Agence France-Presse on Saturday, the covid-19 pandemic has caused at least 3,853,859 deaths worldwide due to more than 177.7 million infections.