“Where’s the science?” – BALPA questions government over quarantine advice

BALPA has asked to see details of any government proposals to restart commercial flying.

The union says it is concerned that health and safety of aircrew and passengers, and the effectiveness and commercial impacts of schemes like 14 day quarantine periods, have not been thoroughly thought through.

BALPA general secretary Brian Strutton said: “We haven’t seen the scientific basis for the possible 14 day quarantine proposal, nor any risk assessments for the health and wellbeing of crew.

“There are too many open questions. What is the government’s plan for aviation? How does it all fit together? Is the U.K. acting consistently with other jurisdictions or going it alone? And crucially, will the government pay for airlines to fly inefficiently due to the government’s imposed restrictions?”

The union also expressed its anger at the government giving £2bn for walking and cycling, with Brian Strutton saying: “The aviation sector is already facing 23,000 job cuts, with the potential for many more in the weeks and months to come.

“The government’s proposed 14 day quarantine proposal for incoming international travellers will put even more pressure on the industry for the foreseeable future, and dispute repeated promises, we’ve seen not a single penny in dedicated, bespoke support for airlines.

“Given all this, British pilots will be absolutely aghast and frankly furious at £2bn being found for ‘walking and cycling’ when the airline industry, which is so vital to the UK economy, is dying before our eyes.

“When will the government recognise that the British airline business is in a death spiral and intervene to support this vital industry and stop the jobs cull?”

“My concern is that once again the government has not considered the impacts on pilots and other crew facing job losses and pay cuts – there has to be a moratorium on these threats and a viable plan to support aviation.  It’s high time the government got its act together.”

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