Travel industry calls for ‘plane time off’ to cut pandemic costs

The Treasury has been asked to spend millions of pounds maintaining planes stranded by UK travel restrictions.

A “plane leave” program would subsidize the cost of keeping planes in working order, under the plans proposed by British Airways. Airlines UK, a trade body, also called for an extension of Rishi Sunak’s job retention program for the aviation industry until 2022. However, Treasury sources have played down this possibility as a possibility. realistic.

With renewed demand for state support comes airline bosses exasperated by the slow progress in reopening UK borders. On Thursday, BA handed thousands of workers back on leave.

Portugal was the only realistic holiday destination on the government’s “green list” in May. It was then withdrawn in early June.

Shai Weiss, CEO of Virgin Atlantic, said: “Failure to provide clear and transparent guidance on the methodology and data on which the government bases its decisions undermines the framework for traffic lights and undermines consumer confidence and businesses. “

John Holland-Kaye, Managing Director of Heathrow, said: ‘The UK is cut off from almost everyone with closed borders, trade routes from Heathrow blocked and the very freedom that vaccination offers the world is denied to citizens. British. “

Tim Alderslade, Managing Director of Airlines UK, said: “Some form of ‘plane leave’ would help ensure that carriers can retain the assets needed, including planes, to increase capacity again when they are up and running. finally able to fly at significant levels. “

A government spokesperson said: “We continue to work with the aviation industry to help them get through this difficult time.”

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