Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has today backed calls from the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Future of Aviation for the Government to extend the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme until March 2022 to protect jobs in the aviation, travel, and tourism sectors.
The call follows figures released by the Office for National Statistics that showed that 57% of passenger air transport employees remain on furlough alongside 51% for travel agency and tour operator activities.
The letter warns that with a lost summer season coming on top of the worst fifteen months in the history of UK aviation, that without the continuing support of the CJRS the risk of significant redundancies will become a stark and devastating reality.
Gwynne has joined a further 76 parliamentarians who are urging the Chancellor to both extend the furlough scheme and work with the industry to provide further financial support whilst they remain under restrictions.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“With significant restrictions still in place the Chancellor cannot pull the rug out from under these industries. Aviation, travel and tourism industries have been devastated by the pandemic, and the Government must step in to protect these jobs.
This cross-party letter to the Chancellor shows just how concerned parliamentarians across the political spectrum are about these jobs and livelihoods.
I sincerely hope the Chancellor takes action, and supports our aviation, travel and tourism industries that are so important both to our economy and to our way of life.”