BALPA And Airlines UK Push Back On 14 Day Quarantine Proposal

In statements released over the weekend, both BALPA and Airlines UK have hit out over the government’s plan…

BALPA And Airlines UK Push Back On 14 Day Quarantine Proposal

In statements released over the weekend, both BALPA and Airlines UK have hit out over the government’s plan to introduce a 14-day quarantine period. BALPA, the pilots union has asked to see details of the government’s plane while Airlines UK has said the move would further dampen the ability of airlines to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The United Kingdom plans to impose a quarantine period. Photo: Getty Images

This news comes after government sources leaked information about Britain’s plans to ease the restrictions imposed to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

There is no date in place for the quarantine rules

In an address to the nation on Sunday evening, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:

“I am serving notice that it will soon be the time – with transmission significantly lower – to impose quarantine on people coming into this country by air.”

While the quarantine rules are still sketchy at best, anyone arriving in the United Kingdom by air will need to self-isolate for a period of 14-days. According to Sky News, passengers arriving from France will not have to abide by the quarantine rules after an agreement was reached between Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron.

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People arriving from France will not have to self-isolate Photo: Getty Images

So far, no date has been set for when the measures will start, but already various groups within the United Kingdom are expressing their displeasure over what will be added pain to the airline industry.

BALPA is concerned about the quarantine rule

In its statement BALPA General Secretary Brian Strutton said:

“We haven’t seen the scientific basis for the possible 14-day quarantine proposal, nor any risk assessments for the health and wellbeing of the crew.

“There are too many open questions. What is the government’s plan for aviation? How does it all fit together? Is the UK acting consistently with other jurisdictions or going it alone? And crucially, will the government pay for airlines to fly inefficiently due to the government’s imposed restrictions?

“My concern is that once again the government has not considered the impacts on pilots and other crew facing job losses and pay cuts – there has to be a moratorium on these threats and a viable plan to support aviation.

It’s high time the government got its act together.”

Airlines UK call for government support

For its part Tim Alderslade, CEO of Airlines UK, the industry association representing UK-registered carriers, said:

“Public health must, of course, be the priority, and we respect the Sage advice. We all – including Government – need to adapt to the new normal, but closing off air travel in this way is not the way to achieve this. Ministers are effectively telling people they can no longer travel for the foreseeable future, and airlines will respond to that by grounding their operations – and that is why they require urgent additional Government support to get through this growing crisis.”

It is becoming abundantly clear that there is no silver bullet to fix the current coronavirus crisis and a big fear that opening up workplaces and schools too soon could lead to a spike in new infections.

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The new rules will strike holiday airlines like Jet2. Photo: Getty

The British Prime Minister said in his address last night that he will be revealing more plans as to how the United Kingdom will reopen when he takes questions in parliament later today.

In this morning’s UK newspaper’s many editorials are expressing concern over the government’s handling of the pandemic. If the news is correct that people arriving from France will not have to self-quarantine why not make it for the entire European Union.

What do you think about the UK imposing a14 day quarantine now rather than having done it earlier? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

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AirAsia Donates Food To Over 1,700 Families

Over 1,700 families residing in the villages of Jerantut and Temerloh in Pahang, Malaysia, have received food aid…

AirAsia Donates Food To Over 1,700 Families

Over 1,700 families residing in the villages of Jerantut and Temerloh in Pahang, Malaysia, have received food aid from AirAsia on May 8th. The ‘Give with Ikhlas’ campaign provides native communities in Malaysia with basic food necessities amid the coronavirus pandemic.

AirAsia’s digital donation initiative provides food necessities to native communities in Malaysia. Photo: Laurent Errera via Wikimedia

Each family was presented with non-perishables including rice, sugar, cooking oil, and instant noodles as well as biscuits and canned food.

According to the carrier’s statement, the campaign’s central aim is to foster the spirit of giving during Ramadan. ‘Give with Ikhlas’ joins AirAsia’s #InThisTogether campaign, which reaches out to local businesses, among other communities.

An overview of ‘Give with Ikhlas’

‘Give with Ikhlas’ is a digital initiative raising donations for vulnerable Muslim communities during Ramadan. Several government agencies, such as the Malaysian Civil Defence Force, Pahang State Executive Council, and Royal Malaysian Police, are backing the project.

According to the airline’s statement, the digital initiative is part of IKHLAS, a new business with AirAsia “that mainly caters to Muslim communities around the world by providing unparalleled access to faith-based practices.”

Needy families receive basic food necessities such as oil, flour, and rice. Photo: AirAsia

On top of providing families with basic food necessities, the project’s mission is to help 100 local merchants and provide 20,000 individuals with ready-to-eat meals to break their fast. The target recipients include vulnerable families, refugees, front-line workers, soup kitchens, orphanages, and students.

At the time of writing, the initiative has reached over $179,049/RM776,000 in donations, which equates to 78% of its goal.

We would also like to thank everyone who had joined forces to enable us to reach out to the less fortunate and the front-liners whilst supporting local businesses during this holy month of Ramadan, especially to our main collaborator, Yayasan Amanah Assofwah Almalikiyyah,” said Ikhlas Kamarudin, founder of IKHLAS.

Besides helping vulnerable families, the initiative reaches out to local merchants and front-line workers. Photo: AirAsia

The initiative started handing out food since April 23rd, the first day of the holy month. ‘Give with Ikhlas’ has since reached out to over 3,700 families and 19,050 individuals across Malaysia. Klang Valley, Melaka, Kota Kinabalu, and Langkawi, are some of the areas that have received aid.

Other airline initiatives

AirAsia is only one airline among many who have rallied efforts to support marginalized communities. The corona-crisis has affected the food security of recently unemployed individuals. As such, American Airlines donated 25,000 meals to those in Chicago and Washington, D.C.

Last month, Delta sent out 200,000 pounds of food to hospitals and food banks in a bid to support front-line workers.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Delta Air Lines has donated food to help vulnerable communities. Photo: Getty Images

United Airlines is going in a different direction. The airline is having its employees conduct wellness calls to isolated Californian elderly. These phone calls act as a substitute for human connection in a time where social isolation is the norm.

AirAsia’s coronavirus journey

Although AirAsia grounded 96% of its fleet back in April, the carrier has managed to pull through.

Furthermore, the carrier has ensured employees that their jobs would stay safe. Instead, CEO Tony Fernandes and chairman Kamarudin Meranun vowed not to take a salary in a bid to keep the airline afloat.

AirAsia has begun operating as of May 1st, with safe-distancing measures in place. Currently, the airline has resumed domestic flights in Malaysia, Thailand, India, and Indonesia. Domestic flights within the Philippines will begin on May 16th.

What do you think of AirAsia’s food donation campaign? Will this significantly help vulnerable communities in Malaysia? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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