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  • who is pandemic, and the lockdowns that have followed were always going to take an incredible toll on the travel and tourism sector.

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  • Yes, that we're watching this pandemic Play out, of course, is impacting on lots of different industries.

  • Travel being one of them.

  • On today, version Atlantic confirmed what we thought would be coming in some form.

  • It's gonna cut 3000 jobs in the UK It also says it won't restart its operations from Gatwick Airport.

  • Their mind they've been suspended since this pandemic began.

  • First of all, let's hear the reaction of Aaron Hazlehurst from BBC business.

  • They're gonna have to cut nearly 30% nearly 30% of their workforce, 3150 jobs to go out of the workforce of some 10,000.

  • This off the back of British Airways, announcing not that long ago it may have to cut up to 12,000 jobs.

  • And all of this in a in an environment where 80% of the flying has been reduced by 80% all around the world or of some 17,000 passenger jets, Park Mosque board, all around at airports all over the world.

  • So this is an industry that has absolutely being clobbered by this virus.

  • And as I said, you can certainly expect to see board job cuts from MAWR Airlines to come.

  • There's Aaron.

  • Next.

  • Let's hear from the BBC's transport correspondent, Tom Burridge.

  • Virgin Atlantic is fighting to survive.

  • It's applied for a bailout from the British government off hundreds of millions of pounds.

  • Potentially, that process is ongoing.

  • But as one senior executive at the airline put it to me tonight, they said, normally they're quite good at forecasting.

  • But at the moment they simply don't have a reliable crystal ball.

  • Things there that uncertain.

  • But they do believe.

  • They predict that passenger numbers won't return to pre pandemic levels until 20 23 but that seemed behind me on the tarmac.

  • It Gatwick says.

  • It'll an empty runway.

  • We've seen two flights take off in the last hour or so.

  • That could be repatriation flights a bit unclear, but really think about the cost of maintaining those aircraft.

  • Parking them up is pricey to, and at the moment, very few of them are making any money.

  • Now some airlines are warning that travelers may have to pay a lot more for tickets whenever flights properly resume.

  • They say if social distancing measures are in place, fewer seats can be used, and so there will be fewer passengers to share the cost.

  • But not everyone buys into that analysis.

  • What we could be more sure of is the IATA.

  • The global body that represents airlines, has today said it does support passengers wearing face mask, but it doesn't support leaving the middle seat free.

  • It says this will not improve passenger safety, and this is a very current issue.

  • At the moment, many of you will have seen pictures from a flight between Belfast in London on the Irish airline Aer Lingus.

  • They've been very widely shared that you're about to see it was just about full on.

  • In fact, Air Lingus has since announced it will put on five more flights a week.

  • Is the story from our island correspondent Emma Body.

  • It was these pictures taken by a worker traveling from Bell Force to London, which have added to mounting concerns over the way airlines are operating during the lock down, no show citizens whatsoever, none whatsoever for the pain and accused during the steps and I don't the tarmac as the world before, no less happened.

  • No change whatsoever.

  • Since restrictions were imposed, the number of daily flights has fallen by around 80%.

  • Some 60 flights a day now arrive at London Heathrow, compared to 600 a day before the pandemic.

  • But there's no policy capping passenger numbers.

  • Air Lingus has said there was unexpectedly high demand on the day those pictures were taken and that it's now urgently reviewing its procedures on board.

  • But others in the industry have warned that on a plane, social distancing is basically impossible.

  • I don't believe social distancing on aircraft actually works on.

  • There are two reasons for that, one of which is the obvious economic one, the second of which is around the air conditioning system was on airplanes, which rely in part on recycling air within the cabin.

  • That simply defeats the purpose of social distancing.

  • The BBC's also heard from one member of British Airways cabin crew who told us, Be a are also still operating some short haul flights at capacity.

  • And as these images from Paris to Madrid today show, other airlines are similarly flying with full cabins.

  • The International Air Transport Association's recommended safety measures, such as masks but says limiting passenger numbers would push up fares.

  • Neutralising seats on an aircraft could have a Nen enormous negative impact and could lead to that increase up to 55% in fares.

  • Reviving the aviation industry will be important to the country's economic recovery, but the government said it must be done responsibly.

  • These are some of the big riel challenges that we've got to grapple with, but the safety of people has got to come first.

  • There's predictions Passenger numbers may not return to previous levels for several years and currently no standard approach for how to operate onboard.

  • Embody BBC News Belfast.

  • Now here's an interesting idea.

  • New Zealand's prime minister just send our turn joint Australia's cabinet meeting via video link.

  • Earlier, she made it clear that New Zealand will not have open borders with the rest of the world for a long time to come, In her words, but the idea they discussed what's what's being called a trans Tasman bubble?

  • The idea here is that people would be able to go between Australia and New Zealand freely and without quarantine here is the prime minister outlined in the plan, the whole poopers off us, discussing the possibility off having a bubble of sorts between us.

  • A safe zone of travel would be so that you wouldn't have to have a quarantine attached.

  • I think everyone would acknowledge that it would be prohibitive.

  • People just wouldn't travel if they had to stay on either side in quarantine for for a two week period and have to do the same again when you return.

  • There are lots of different elements tohave travels, being impacted all around the world.

  • And really, what we're seeing here is evidence of a much broader trend.

  • That the disruption from this virus is not just comprehensive.

who is pandemic, and the lockdowns that have followed were always going to take an incredible toll on the travel and tourism sector.

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