Coronavirus: Government airline bailout talks ‘still ongoing’ – pilots union

Talks are ongoing between airlines and ministers to look at how best to support the aviation industry through the current coronavirus crisis, according to pilots.

Widely reported claims that the government is not going to support the industry are “misleading”.

Discussions about unique measures for individual airlines are ongoing, the British Airline Pilots Association insisted.

General secretary Brian Strutton said: “It is unhelpful that correspondence is leaked out of the context of discussions. It gives rise to the erroneous conclusion that there is no chance of any government help for UK airlines.

“I’ve said before that there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution, due to the different structures and needs of each airline.

“Each airline will need to be reviewed to ensure a good use of taxpayers money. The Government will be looking at areas such as the airline’s financial state, whether it could raise the cash in other ways, or if it’s crucial to the UK transport system. These deliberations still are ongoing so we should await the outcomes.

“We think it would be helpful in these uncertain times for the Government to confirm it is still committed to protecting the jobs of the 1.5m workers who depend on the aviation sector.”

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