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Airport queues will be half a MILE long to ensure social distancing

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Airport queues will be half a MILE long to ensure social distancing

Plans to present post-lockdown social separating at air terminals ‘won’t work’ and will prompt lines winding for up to a large portion of a mile to load up every huge plane, Heathrow’s manager cautioned today.

Heathrow’s Chief Executive John Holland-Kaye has cautioned that there basically isn’t sufficient space in air terminals to keep every traveler two meters separated.

Mr Holland-Kaye rather has approached the Prime Minister to concur a ‘universal norm’ with other world pioneers which would incorporate traveler wellbeing keeps an eye on takeoff.

Obligatory wellbeing checks for travelers including taking temperatures, expanded degrees of cleanliness and necessary facemasks are among the choices drifted by Mr Holland-Kaye so as to open the country’s air terminals at the earliest opportunity and maintain a strategic distance from ‘huge occupation misfortunes in our division… (what’s more, numerous different areas that rely upon us’.

‘The Prime Minister has discussed restarting the motors of the British economy. We are prepared to have our influence, yet first we need his assistance to restart the motors of the British flying armada,’ he composed.

It came as air travelers hammered carriers for absence of social removing after they were packed in ‘tight as can be’s on to protect trips back to UK

Airport queues will be half a MILE long to ensure social distancing

It came days after Mr Holland-Kaye told the PA news agency that it is ‘just physically impossible to socially distance with any volume of passengers in an airport’.

He added that social distancing on planes would reduce capacities by more than 50 per cent and mean ‘prices would shoot up’.

Severity of the crisis facing the aviation industry was laid bare last night as British Airways announced plans to lay off a quarter of its pilots.

The nation’s flag carrier told staff it planned to axe 1,130 captain and co-pilot jobs and may even abandon operations at Gatwick, Britain’s second biggest airport.

It came as the boss of Heathrow Airport revealed it could be the case that only young, fit and healthy people will be able to fly in the immediate future, and all passengers might have to wear face masks as part of a strategy to restore confidence in mass air travel.

The dramatic developments underline the severity of the catastrophe facing Britain’s aviation industry.

Passenger numbers have flatlined in recent weeks due to global travel restrictions and industry leaders now accept it could take several years for passenger numbers to recover to pre-pandemic levels.

Earlier this week, BA boss Alex Cruz announced that up to a quarter of the airline’s 42,000 staff would be laid off as the airline fights for survival.

He had previously warned staff that coronavirus marks the biggest threat in the airline’s history, worse than 9/11 or the SARS outbreak

The airline has informed the pilots’ union Balpa that the cuts could include a quarter of the airline’s plots.

The letter, written on April 28, reads: ‘In a short space of time the situation has significantly deteriorated.’

In a separate announcement, the head of BA’s Gatwick operations yesterday [THU] told staff it is possible that BA could suspend operations from the West Sussex hub, where it has had a presence since 1950.

In normal times, around six million BA passengers a year fly to and from Gatwick to more than 60 destinations. The airport relies heavily on seasonal holiday traffic.

Insiders say that BA is preparing to dramatically downsize as part of an extreme cost-cutting strategy. This could soon include the total suspension of the few BA flights that are continuing to run. It is also likely BA will pull operations from Terminal 3 at Heathrow. It is currently based at Terminal 5.

The intervention follows mounting criticism over the Government’s inaction on airport screening.

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