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Pilots call for financial support after Omicron travel rules

by OtownGist

Pilots are urging the UK government to provide specific financial support for the aviation sector due to the impact of the Omicron variant of coronavirus.

Fully-vaccinated UK arrivals must self-isolate until they receive a negative result from a PCR test. And the red list has also been resurrected, with 10 southern African countries added.

EasyJet said on Tuesday that it has seen demand softening due to the emergence of the new strain of Covid-19.

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Pilots’ union Balpa is calling for the government to provide a Winter Resilience Fund to ensure cash-strapped airlines and other aviation companies survive the coming months.

Balpa general secretary Martin Chalk says: “Holiday and New Year traffic is a core part of the winter season for airlines.

“With this being severely depressed by shattered confidence and restrictions, we need winter support measures to help us weather the storm of Omicron uncertainty.”


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