John Holland-Kaye, the Chief Executive of Heathrow Airport, has called on the Government to restore confidence in the aviation industry to avoid mass redundancies at the airport. The call comes in the same week that British Airways said that they could cut upto 12,000 jobs and Ryanair announced 3,000 job cuts.
Holland-Kaye said in a statement:
“You need a queue a kilometre long for one plane with 450 people if you need social distancing. The problem isn’t the plane, it’s the airport.”
He added that the airport is ready to make changes, including requiring the wearing of face coverings by passengers and health-screening would be introduced. Holland-Kaye also said that the airport itself didn’t need any financial help, due to the backing of sovereign wealth funds, but the aviation industry did need assistance.