ADS, Airlines UK and AOA call for extended business support schemes

As a result of the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis, UK airlines have grounded hundreds of aircraft and UK airports are operating at minimal capacity. Requests for ticket refunds are outnumbering new flight bookings, our tourism industry lies dormant as visitors rightly stay at home and aerospace manufacturing faces challenges to sustain jobs and cashflow for the duration of this crisis.

Unfortunately, these dramatic impacts of COVID-19 on our sector are likely only the start. Passenger demand is likely to return only slowly, as consumers regain their confidence to travel and travel restrictions are lifted.

That is why ADS Group, Airlines UK and the Airport Operators Association are jointly calling for Government to extend support schemes before companies face difficult decisions affecting their workforces. You can read our statement here.