Tuesday, 5 May 2020
Campaign reply - “Will you ensure airline bailouts protect workers and the climate?”
A number of constituents have sent me a copy of a campaign email entitled “Will you ensure airline bailouts protect workers and the climate?”
Airlines have made remarkable progress in recent years in reducing emissions and noise and improving efficiency. I have no doubt this will continue, and their aim is to be carbon neutral by 2050. A truly remarkable ambition and one I am confident they will meet.
They, along with their dedicated staff, have also played a vital part in assisting during the medical crisis such providing air freight services for the vital personal protection equipment (PPE) sourced from around the world, the successful repatriation of thousands of UK citizens and mercy missions for those in need of urgent medical attention.
The future wellbeing of this vital part of our transport infrastructure and those that work within it will be key in the decisions taken as we emerge from the current situation. The government continues to support a vast swathe of businesses and families during the medical crisis and I fully support the action to date and the speed that help has arrived to so many.
Going forward none of us know the full impact on the world economy and how our own economy will fare. The government will continue to engage with all interested parties including the aviation industry to ensure that any help provided is in the long term best interests of the workforce, the businesses involved and the wider economy. The future wellbeing of this vital part of our transport infrastructure and those that work within it will always have my full support.