Governments, employers and unions must act together to save aviation (

June 2, 2020

Gabriel Mocho Rodriguez, International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)’s Civil Aviation Secretary, emphasises how the world needs governments and employers to step up to the challenge of protecting jobs, livelihoods and international transport.

In the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic, the aviation sector is fighting for its survival. Flight capacity has already fallen by over 40 per cent and three months of restrictions with a gradual recovery later in 2020 could cost airlines $252 billion; a 44 per cent fall in passenger revenue compared to 2019. If lockdown arrangements continue to the end of the year or beyond then we risk a wholesale collapse of the global aviation sector, which could send us back to the 1960s.

The impact of such a scenario would be disastrous for the global economy and the livelihoods of the countless people affected: The aviation industry directly employs an estimated 10.2 million people worldwide. The broader supply chains and related sectors that service or rely on the aviation sector support 65.5 million jobs. Even beyond all this, aviation connects families and communities across the world – connections which are more important than ever as the fabric of our societies comes under unparalleled strain.

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