Flights have had to be cancelled due to coronavirus travel restrictions

COVID-19: Pilots criticise ‘ludicrously cautious’ travel rules and claim UK aviation sector is now hardest hit in Europe

Pilots are calling for urgent action after claiming the government’s “ludicrously cautious” travel restrictions caused the UK’s aviation industry to be “the hardest hit in Europe”.

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has accused ministers of appearing to “deliberately attack” the sector with the measures they have imposed during the pandemic.

The union is calling on the government to “get its act together” and open “the US routes and European holiday travel destinations” it has blocked with “no published evidence”.

Heathrow Airport has been much quieter than usual due to the pandemic

BALPA members will join colleagues from across the aviation and travel industry as part of a nationwide Travel Day of Action on Wednesday, which is designed to put pressure on the UK government to support a “safe return to international travel in time for the peak summer…

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