Aviation still facing uncertain future after Global Travel report

9 April 2021

The report from the Global Travel Taskforce regarding the safe return of international flights still leaves the aviation industry navigating huge uncertainty, putting jobs at risk in the future, a leading trade union for aviation workers has warned.

Prospect, which represents air traffic controllers and other specialist aviation staff, argued that additional government support may be needed if passenger numbers do not return quickly.

Prospect General Secretary Mike Clancy said:

“Far from being all clear for take off, today’s announcement still leaves huge uncertainty for the aviation industry in the coming months.

“Flights may be set to resume in a few weeks, but we still don’t know which countries will be on which lists and it will be a race against time to get the infrastructure and skills in place to make the summer a success.

“But the big unknown is still passenger numbers, especially with the new testing regime, which is why it is essential that the government commits to extra support for the industry if passengers numbers don’t fully return due to government testing policy.”

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Prospect has members working in aviation, road, rail and maritime transportation, as well as regulation and research.