Airlines and airports in fresh aid package plea

Airlines and airports in fresh aid package plea
Airlines are suffering from coronavirus pandemic. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: Airport and airlines groups have called on governments across the world to provide new aid packages for the beleaguered aviation industry.

They said they also want current quarantine arrangements to be replaced with a new testing regime, without these things, they said, the industry faces collapse.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) warned that this year airlines around the world faced a fall in revenues of $418bn (£322bn).

Airport Council International (ACI) World said at the same event that airports would see their own income fall by $104bn.

IATA director general Alexandre de Juniac said that financial aid packages granted by many governments to their aviation businesses earlier this year had been put together on the assumption that a recovery would be well underway by now.

But he said, that had not proven to be the case, and the sector was still suffering deep “financial trauma”.

“Without a second tranche of financial aid, many airlines will not survive the winter”, according to Mr de Juniac.

Meanwhile, Luis Felipe de Oliveira, ACI world director general, said that airports were also facing extreme financial pressure.

He said: “We could see airports going bankrupt in a very short period of time.”

He said both the IATA and ACI are aligned in calling for urgent actions from governments to introduce widespread and coordinated testing of passengers to enable quarantine requirements to be removed.

“Without this action, it is not an exaggeration that the industry is facing collapse”, de Oliveira added.

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