MP backs calls to support travel, aviation and tourism industries - The Solihull Observer

MP backs calls to support travel, aviation and tourism industries

Solihull Editorial 31st Jan, 2021   0

SOLIHULL MP Julian Knight has joined more than 80 parliamentarians in calling for greater support for the aviation, travel and tourism industries following the recent closure of all travel corridors.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, organised by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Future of Aviation, Mr Knight acknowledged the latest restrictions were a necessary measure to protect the UK from Covid-19 but highlighted that these industries need urgent support to recover from the impact of the pandemic.

He has joined calls for a comprehensive ‘Aviation, Travel and Tourism Recovery Package’ to provide immediate financial and additional support alongside a pathway to allow aviation to come out of these restrictions when safe to do so.

“The closure of all travel corridors are a necessary measure to protect the public from new variants of Covid-19 but will be another significant blow to industries which have faced the pandemic without the same levels of support afforded to other sectors,” he said.

“Our aviation, travel and tourism industries, which locally includes Birmingham Airport, have been amongst the hardest hit by the pandemic sadly leading to job losses and leaving our world class aviation industry a shadow of its former self.

“These businesses are vital not only to our local economy, but to our ability to bounce back from the devastating impacts of the pandemic and it is vital that the Government listen our call to support and protect the businesses, their supply chains, employees, and communities who have borne the brunt of the near total collapse of UK passenger numbers.

“Our aviation, travel and tourism sectors are running on empty and I urge the Prime Minster to back these vital industries and deliver the support they so desperately need and deliver it now.”


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