The aviation industry needs urgent financial support from all European governments if it is to survive, according to the European Regions Airline Association (ERA).
Via a conference call, the board of ERA, which represents 52 European airlines and 148 industry businesses, discussed the impact of COVID-19 on the aviation industry, agreeing that it is vital for all European governments to act urgently and decisively to tackle the effects of this pandemic and to provide a financial lifeline to the sector.
“The COVID-19 outbreak is not just a public health crisis, it’s an economic emergency that is already having a substantial effect on our industry. We need to ensure a comprehensive basket of relief measures are made available to the aviation industry, and that best practices are implemented across countries,” said ERA director general Montserrat Barriga.
“Now is the time that the European Commission, member states and their governments must act, to provide the financial support needed to secure the very survival of our industry and Europe’s future economic growth and connectivity,” she concluded.