With authorities taking an “overly cautious” method to reopening worldwide journey there’s a actual threat that summer season 2021 is as unhealthy or worse than summer season 2020.
That’s in response to the Airport Operators Affiliation (AOA), which says the present inexperienced record representing only one.7 per cent of 2019 passenger numbers.
In 2020, there have been considerably extra international locations on the journey hall record in contrast to what’s anticipated for summer season 2021 beneath the present traffic-light system.
Due to the bigger numbers of nations with a journey hall, passenger numbers peaked at 22 per cent of 2019 ranges in August 2020.
Even with the extra liberal journey method in 2020, UK airports misplaced out on £2.6 billion income between April to September 2020.
With passenger numbers anticipated to be at greatest related however almost definitely worse, airports stand to lose a minimum of one other £2.6 billion in income once more this 12 months.
Commenting, AOA chief govt, Karen Dee, mentioned: “The federal government’s overly cautious method to reopening journey has real-world penalties for the 1.6 million jobs within the UK aviation and tourism industries that depend on aviation having a significant restart.
“Except the federal government makes a significant restart of aviation doable by extending the inexperienced record on the subsequent evaluation, transferring to fast and inexpensive checks for returning travellers and following the examples of the EU and the US by lowering restrictions on absolutely vaccinated passengers, aviation is in for an especially troublesome summer season.
“Airports have suffered blow after blow for the reason that begin of the pandemic.
“If the federal government decides it can’t reopen journey extra meaningfully, then they need to stand prepared to provide substantial monetary compensation to airports and others in aviation and tourism.
“As airports stay open for crucial companies, assist ought to embrace operational prices, reminiscent of policing, air visitors and CAA regulatory prices, and increasing enterprise fee reduction in full till the tip of the tax 12 months.
“With the remainder of the economic system having an actual alternative to return to some normality, jobs in companies throughout the economic system that want air connectivity for his or her success are in danger.
“The federal government can’t afford to let these go.”