Britain’s largest airport board announces plans to cut 900 jobs – Ministers launch a task force on the COVID-19 test to try to renew travel.
The Manchester Airports Group (MAG), which has centers in Manchester, Stansted and the East Midlands, said demand was continuing to decline due to the completion of the Furluff project and that the lack of progress in testing had prompted it to operate.
MAG said it was proposing to cut 465 jobs in Manchester, 376 in Stanston and 51 in the East Midlands. Other employment changes will be made, including changing patterns.
The announcement came as the Department of Transportation said a new task force would work with the industry to try to reduce the 14-day isolation hours for passengers through the use of the test.
But there was no deadline for the introduction of a test regime, which sparked a lukewarm response from the Virgin Atlantic – another business Badly beaten By International spread – It welcomed the move, but warned that 500,000 flights were “calculated every day” because of the risk.
Amid a resurgence of corona virus cases across the UK and Europe, Mack said the chances of a resurgence of demand have diminished by 90% since March, and full recovery in passengers is not expected until 2023-24.
“Meanwhile, the lack of dedicated support for the aviation sector, and the lack of progress in introducing tests to UK passengers to date, has continued to undermine consumer confidence about next year’s air travel,” the panel said.
The company has said it will “make extensive use” of the government’s job retention plan, which will pay workers temporarily laid off during epidemics and cut all wages by 10% and freeze spending plans.
But the Furluff subsidy has been replaced by the Employment Support Scheme, which provides a “very small contribution to meet wage costs” for six months from the beginning of November.
“MAG should now propose additional measures to reduce the size of its staff to protect the long-term future of the business, along with a more challenging outlook to reduce government funding,” the company said in a statement.
Chief Executive Charlie Cornish said: “Now, we can only hope to see a strong and lasting recovery.
“Unfortunately, this is not happening as the virus is re-emerging across Europe and re-introducing travel restrictions.
“While there is uncertainty about when a vaccine will be widely available, we need to be realistic about when the need may return.”
Lawrence Chappell-Gill of the United Trade Union Confederation said: “These job losses are an inevitable consequence of the industry’s failure to provide support to the aviation industry, which has been hit hard by the COVID – 19 epidemic.”
Andy Burnham, mayor of Greater Manchester, called for a departmental furrow program and said industries such as aircraft were “left in a high and dry state.”
Aviation industry Pushes From the summer to try to reduce the two-week isolation period for travelers from countries not on the UK’s safe list to “get a grip” and introduce a trial rule.
Launching the government’s corona virus testing task force, Transport Secretary Grant Shops said: “Current operations at the border have saved lives.
“Our understanding of science can now intensify efforts to create options for a trial regime and help revitalize our world-leading travel industry.”
The DFT said the task force would look into the “possibilities of proposals based on a test provided by the private sector and taken after a period of self-isolation at the expense of passengers”.
The chief executives of Heathrow Airport, Manchester Airport Group, EasyJet and Virgin Atlantic said in a joint statement that it was “a step in the right direction … to restart the economy and save thousands of jobs”.
They added: “We support the decision to choose a pilot, private sector-led, passenger-financing approach that will not in any way affect the NHS.
“But travelers need a firm commitment to implementing a comprehensive test regime in early November.”
The International Air Transport Association, an industry body, said: “The plans on the table have not gone as far as we expected.
“Reducing the length of isolation is the minimum required to restart travel.”