The Guardian - Gwyn Topham

Airline industry renews call for support and warns coming months could take heavier toll than 2020

The UK aviation sector has warned that airports are likely to lose at least £2.6bn this summer as the “chaotic” Covid traffic light system halts international travel.

Airports said the coming months could deal a heavier financial blow than 2020, while airlines called for grants to offset the impact of travel restrictions and protect jobs.

The Airport Operators Association (AOA) said with fewer countries on the green list now than on the travel corridors last summer, owing to the government’s “overly cautious” restrictions, UK hubs were likely to lose even more than the £2.6bn in revenue lost from April to September 2020.

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