By Cindy Venter
While we are all cancelling or rescheduling flights because of Covid-19, people in aviation must now also make plans to ensure that they survive this pandemic.
Below follow just some examples of recent and sudden developments in the industry:
Emirates requested pilots and cabin crew to take unpaid leave. Emirates has more than 21 000 cabin crew and employees more than 4 000 pilots. Emirates has a total staff complement of 100 000.
British Airways, which has 4 500 pilots in its employ is cutting salaries by 50%. They are mitigating the shock by effecting the cuts over a period of three months.
Although Virgin Atlantic has not yet announced plans to retrench staff, they did request staff to take 8 weeks unpaid leave and all international flights will be cancelled from 30 March to 14 June 2020
All Nippon Airways (Japan) suggested that around 5 000 of its crew take leave. It would be paid leave on a rotational basis between staff. Allowances payable to the crew on a flight will not be paid anymore.
Meanwhile, SAA has also stopped all its international flights until the end of May.
Just by looking at the above examples it is clear that the pandemic has devastating consequences for aviation.
What can you as an ordinary citizen do to help?
Instead of cancelling your flights rather move them to a later date. Most airlines have announced that flights can be changed without costs involved.
In the meantime, do you planning for 2021 and plan that holiday you deserve.
Use the time to support the travel and tourist industry by doing research on various countries and travel destination. Enter their world and offer support where you can.
Stay up to speed with the latest developments and make sure you empower yourself during this period. Know your rights and don’t hesitate to ask questions when you are uncertain.
The Civil Aviation Authority has issued a notice with guidelines on the prevention of Covid-19 in the aviation industry. The notice can be read here: http://soli.online/14j
Visit the Corona Crisis Centre on https://corona.org.za/ for the latest information and talk to us.