In an earlier post I have argued that the airlines industry should take a haircut (jargon for be reduced in size). It surprises me that this point of view is receiving little attention in the mainstream media.
Easyjet has received a £600m Bank of England loan, Virgin Atlantic has, so far, been refuses half a billion, and yesterday British Airways announced swingeing cuts in its operations at Gatwick (for details see here)
I understand the air travel from Gatwick is overwhelmingly for leisure purposes.
Air travel is a major contribution to the factors that generate the climate crisis, and the “hypermobility” it permits has been instrumental in the rapid transition of the coronavirus from China to the rest of the world.
Surely we can no longer justify endangering both the future of our planet and the peoples on it just to facilitate the desires of the those of us in the more affluent parts of the world for sunshine, exotic experiences and sex.
The need for business travel is also rapidly diminishing as modern methods of distance communications such as Skype and zoom develop.
The axiom made famous by the Former White House Chief of Staff and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel : "Never let a good crisis go to waste" should surely be exploited by the Green lobby, yet they (we) green seem to be missing out on this opportunity.
All the talk is on how the airlines can be kept in business until "normal demand is resumed."
Of course we must sympathise with potentially redundant airline staff, from highly paid pilots to underpaid cleaners. However, if we accept that the size of the aviation industry should rightly shrink I’m sure those currently dependent on it will be able to negotiate better compensation from their employers and their governments than , say, the UK’s miners managed when their industry no longer met contemporary needs