Cas. Areas | London lost its position as the most connected city in the world
The International Air Transport Association (THERE IT IS) asked the government of UK to include a vision to lift border restrictions and restart air travel in its recovery plans for the UK economy, to be outlined on February 22 by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
18.02.2021 14:52 |
Prime Minister Boris Johnson should include air transportation in economic restart plans.
The COVID-19 shutdown of the economy UK has resulted in the largest drop in GDP in a year since 1709. The number of air passengers fell 76% in 2020. London lost its position as the most connected city in the world. Around 860,000 jobs in aviation, travel and tourism were lost or maintained only due to government permit schemes. If current border restrictions remain in place, there is no prospect for a recovery in air transport and these negative impacts will continue, damaging the UK economy for a generation or more.
Before COVID-19, the aviation industry of the UK it supported around 960,000 jobs and £ 57bn in GDP (direct, indirect or induced impacts). Another 465,000 jobs were supported through aviation-related travel and tourism. Therefore, it is vital that the air transport industry is included in the government’s plan to remove the lockdown restrictions.
“We recognize that government has a difficult balancing act between unlocking the economy and safeguarding public health. We do not demand a date for the lifting of border restrictions. But Prime Minister Johnson must establish a vision for how international travel can and will be restarted when the pandemic ends. That vision would include explaining how a gradual reduction in restrictions would work and the levels to which infections or hospitalizations would have to fall to trigger those reductions. With this science-based approach locked in, industry and the public will have the confidence to plan for take-off “, He said Rafael Schvartzman, IATA Regional Vice President for Europe.