Monday 27 July 2020 / 10:30 PM Jim McMahon / Transport

Government support is needed to protect travel jobs following change in quarantine rules

Labour is warning that the Government must abandon its one-size-fits-all approach and introduce sectoral support for struggling businesses to ensure that public health measures like the change in quarantine rules for people returning from Spain don’t lead to mass job losses.

British Airways and TUI have warned of the impact the return of quarantine arrangements for Spain will have on the already struggling aviation and travel industry. Reports have emerged that other countries might also be subject to the reimposition of these measures.

There have been at least 17,500 redundancy notices issued in the aviation sector since the beginning of lockdown. This comes off the back of the collapse of Monarch, Thomas Cook and Flybe.

Jim McMahon MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, said:

“The Government’s handling of this issue has been nothing short of chaotic. The airline industry and passengers need clarity.

“The past few days have been symptomatic of the Government who were too slow to enter the lockdown, too slow to get vital protective equipment to NHS, social care and other key workers, and too slow on testing and tracing to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

“It will take a long time to recover from the impact of the virus. The Government must focus support on the sectors that desperately need it, like aviation, aerospace and its supply chain, which supports almost a quarter of a million jobs, with strict climate conditions and ensuring the gains are shared with the public.