Covid impact on airport-related jobs shown in…

Covid impact on airport-related jobs shown in new jobless figures – bad in areas too dependent on aviation
2020-12-07 19:03:00
The devastating toll the coronavirus pandemic in causing unemployment in areas heavily dependent on airports is growing ever more clear.  The number who have lost jobs around Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Luton and Stansted has risen by around 35% since March compared with surrounding areas. The pandemic was rapidly spread around the world by airlines, and they have been heavily impacted by necessary travel bans, in attempt to control the spread of Covid.  MPs in affected constituencies want the Government to help aviation businesses and their supply chains. According to the Commons Library figures, the unemployment claimant toll in Hayes and Harlington, next door to Heathrow, climbed from 2,725 in March to 7,750 in October – a 184% surge. In London as a whole, the rise was 156%.  In Crawley, West Sussex, next to Gatwick, it went from 2,030 to 5,655 – a 179% increase.  It rose by 140% in the wider South East region. And there are similar figures for areas near Manchester, Stansted and Luton airports. The industry says it will have difficulty recruiting staff again, if and when demand returns. Only time will tell if the industry will be considerably smaller in the years to come, and many staff will transfer into “greener” jobs that cause lower carbon emissions. .Tweet     Coronavirus’ impact on airport communities laid bare in new jobless figures EXCLUSIVE: Labour asked the House of Commons Library to study the rise in unemployment claimant counts in constituencies which have big airports By Ben Glaze, Deputy Political Editor (The Mirror) 4 DEC 2020 The devastating toll the coronavirus pandemic is inflicting on workers at Britain’s airports and airlines workers is laid bare tonight. Research shows unemployment is a third higher in “aviation communities” compared with regional averages. The jobless claimant counts in constituencies which include the UK’s five biggest airports – Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Luton and Stansted – have rocketed by an average 35% since March compared with surrounding areas. Air travel ground to halt in March as the pandemic swept the planet. The industry has struggled to recover amid tight restrictions on international movement. Shadow Employment Minister Seema Malhotra said: “Aviation is far more than airports and airlines; the sector supports communities the length and breadth of the country. “We are in the midst of a jobs crisis, with aviation communities hit hard and facing rising levels of unemployment. “The Government must act now to deliver an aviation sector deal that responds to the specific needs of aviation businesses and their supply chains. “Not acting now will be devastating for our recovery and future growth.” According to the Commons Library figures, the unemployment claimant toll in Hayes and Harlington, West London, which includes

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