'UK aviation is facing a death spiral', pilots' union warns

Brian Strutton, general secretary of the pilots’ union, has written to the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, to demand a moratorium on job losses in aviation. “The government needs to step in now: not only with a package of support, but also to put a proper aviation plan in place, agreed by all stakeholders, to avoid opportunistic attacks on terms and conditions. “In the meantime there should be no knee-jerk decisions and a moratorium on any job losses.” A Treasury spokesperson said: “The aviation sector is important to the UK economy, and firms can draw upon the unprecedented package of measures announced by the government including schemes to raise capital, flexibilities with tax bills, and financial support for employees. “We will continue to work closely with the sector and are willing to consider the situation of individual firms, once all other government schemes and commercial options have been explored, including raising capital from existing investors.” Gallery: Coronavirus turns the world into a ghost town (The Atlantic) On Wednesday, the Transport Select Committee will hear evidence on the impact of coronavirus on UK aviation. “With so many questions, this would be an ideal platform for BA to set out its challenges, to reassure and seek parliamentary support should it need more assistance from the UK authorities.” The committee now expects to take evidence from Willie Walsh, chief executive of BA’s parent company, IAG, on 11 May.