Coronavirus: Passengers told to wear gloves at some UK airports

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Coronavirus: Passengers informed to put on gloves at some UK airports

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Passengers travelling by way of some UK airports are being informed to cowl their faces and wear gloves as a consequence of Covid-19.

The new guidelines will apply to these travelling by way of Manchester, Stansted and East Midlands airports from Thursday.

Manchester Airports Group (MAG), which owns the sites, stated the measure will show "a method by which air journey could be made protected".

The announcement comes as the aviation sector struggles with coronavirus.

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

Those passing via the airport might be given face coverings or masks as well as gloves through the initial levels of the trial. All airport employees serving passengers may also 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. However we're confident that when the time is true, individuals will be capable of journey safely. We now have to work urgently with government to agree how we function sooner or later."

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

Temperature checks

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

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

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He also urged the federal government to supply a plan on what widespread requirements UK airports ought to undertake, in order that the aviation sector might "get began again".

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

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

Nevertheless, IAG - which additionally owns Iberia and Aer Lingus - stated these plans have been "highly uncertain", and have been topic to varied journey restrictions.

IAG stated it didn't anticipate passenger demand, which has been hit by the pandemic, to get well before 2023.

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

Plane grounded

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

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

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

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Picture caption Many airlines are struggling in the course of the pandemic

IAG also reported an operating lack of €535m (£466.6m) for the quarter, down from a €135m profit in 2019.

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

In an try and shore up money through the coronavirus disaster, IAG stated that it anticipated to defer deliveries of 68 aircraft.

Coronavirus crisis

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

Last month, BA stated it was set to cut up to 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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Picture caption IAG chief government Willie Walsh will delay his retirement until September

IAG chief government Willie Walsh had been on account of retire in March, however will stay on until September "to concentrate on 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 government.

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 noticed them as "elementary", and advised that was not the case in the UK.

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

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

Several different companies posted buying and selling updates on Thursday which detailed how that they had been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

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