Coronavirus: Passengers advised to wear gloves at some UK airports

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Coronavirus: Passengers informed to wear gloves at some UK airports

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Passengers travelling by way of some UK airports are being informed to cover their faces and put on gloves resulting from Covid-19.

The brand new rules will apply to these travelling by means of Manchester, Stansted and East Midlands airports from Thursday.

Manchester Airports Group (MAG), which owns the websites, stated the measure will present "a method during which air travel may be made protected".

The announcement comes because the aviation sector struggles with coronavirus.

The three airports are believed to be the first in the UK to introduce such strict hygiene rules.

These passing by means of the airport will probably be given face coverings or masks in addition to gloves in the course of the preliminary levels of the trial. All airport employees serving passengers may even be required to put on the gadgets.

MAG boss Charlie Cornish stated: "It's clear that social distancing won't work on any type of public transport. But we're assured that when the time is true, individuals will be capable of journey safely. We now have to work urgently with authorities to agree how we operate in the future."

He added: "This needs to be a prime precedence so that folks might be assured about flying, and to get tourism and journey going again."

Temperature checks

Temperature screening trials may even be carried out at Stansted over the subsequent few weeks to test gear. It follows the boss of Heathrow airport confirming on Wednesday that it is trialling large-scale temperature checks.

Chief government John Holland-Kaye stated they are already being carried out at departure gates on individuals going to locations where this can be a requirement.

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He also urged the federal government to supply a plan on what widespread standards UK airports should undertake, so that the aviation sector might "get began again".

Many airways have been struggling because the coronavirus pandemic has brought international travel to a digital standstill.

On Thursday, British Airways proprietor IAG has stated it is hoping for a "meaningful return" of flights in July on the earliest if lockdown measures are relaxed.

Nevertheless, IAG - which also owns Iberia and Aer Lingus - stated these plans have been "extremely unsure", and have been subject to varied journey restrictions.

IAG stated it didn't anticipate passenger demand, which has been hit by the pandemic, to recuperate earlier than 2023.

"We'll adapt our working procedures to ensure our clients and our individuals are properly protected in this new setting," chief government Willie Walsh stated.

Plane grounded

The group stated that even if flights resumed in the summer it anticipated that passenger capacity would still solely be half the standard degree in 2020.

Since late March, capacity has fallen by 94%, with a lot of the group's plane grounded.

The announcement got here as IAG reported losses after tax hit €1.68bn (£1.47bn) through the first three months of the yr, which included a €1.3bn charge for gasoline hedges.

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Image caption Many airways are struggling in the course of the pandemic

IAG additionally reported an working loss of €535m (£466.6m) for the quarter, down from a €135m revenue in 2019.

The group added that it anticipated the second quarter to be "significantly worse".

In an try and shore up cash in the course of the coronavirus disaster, IAG stated that it anticipated to defer deliveries of 68 plane.

Coronavirus crisis

Though IAG is planning for a resumption of some providers, it says it's going to nonetheless have to let go of many employees.

Final month, BA stated it was set to chop as much as 12,000 jobs from its 42,000-strong workforce. It additionally informed employees that its Gatwick airport operation might not reopen after the pandemic passes.

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Image caption IAG chief government Willie Walsh will delay his retirement till September

IAG chief government Willie Walsh had been resulting from retire in March, however will stay on till September "to give attention to the quick response to the disaster".

Luis Gallego, head of the group's Spanish division, Iberia, since 2014, will succeed him.

On Wednesday, other aviation bosses referred to as for extra help for the sector from the UK authorities.

Speaking to MPs on the Transport Select Committee, Heathrow Airport chief government John Holland-Kaye argued that the French, German and US governments had offered giant, bespoke rescue packages for their aviation industries as they saw them as "elementary", and steered that was not the case in the UK.

Air France KLM, for example, gained a €7bn mortgage package deal from the French government in April.

Nevertheless, IAG's competitor has reported that it made a loss in its day-to-day enterprise of €815m in the three months of the yr on account of travel grinding to a halt.

A number of other companies posted trading updates on Thursday which detailed how that they had been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

  • H&M, the world's second-largest trend retailer, stated gross sales had plunged by 57% within the last two months, with gross sales "muted" in shops that had been allowed to reopen.
  • InterContinental Resorts Group, the owner of Vacation Inn, warned that occupancy ranges dropped to "historic lows" in March and April.
  • BT introduced it might not pay a dividend to shareholders till 2022.
  • Ticketing app Trainline stated that UK and European passenger volumes have been down by as much as 95% within the first quarter.