CORONAVIRUS: As Britons are advised to avoid all none-essential travel UK airports could shut down within 2 weeks without government support

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A man wearing a protective mask walks into departures at Heathrow’s terminal 5

AIRPORTS ACROSS THE UK AFFECTED BY LACK OF PASSENGER DEMAND COULD SHUT DOWN WITHIN TWO WEEKS IF THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT HELP WITH FINANCIAL SUPPORT.

The Airport Operators Association has said that all airports in the country may shut in a matter of weeks if the government doesn’t step in to help the industry quickly.

The chief executives and chairs of Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester airports and the Airport Operators Association have warned that the coronavirus crisis may result in operations grinding to a halt without government support

The aviation industry has been torn apart by the coronavirus pandemic, with flights across the world cancelled and airlines asking staff to take unpaid leave.

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Virgin Atlantic staff are being forced to take two months’ unpaid leave from today, with the airline due to cut its flight schedule by 80%.

Norwegian has announced it will temporarily lay off 90% of its workforce as it scales back services due to the pandemic.

The situation will have only worsened after Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday warned against all non-essential travel as his government stepped up measures to try and tackle the spread of the deadly virus around the country.


 





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