Commercial aviation in European, all but shut down in March and April of this year as the UK and countries across the continent, introduced national lockdowns to slow the spread of the virus pandemic.
Since May however, there has been a slow easing of restrictions and a number of airlines are resuming services throughout July and August, with the number of weekly departures out of LJLA increasing to 120 this month.
July will see trips to 29 European destinations out of Liverpool after Irish carrier, Ryanair began its latest tranche of departures on Wednesday and will be adding 25 additional destinations to its July schedule from the city.
Its low-cost rival, EasyJet will also resume flights to four destinations in Europe from LJLA in July and Wizz Air will add a further three. Many more services are due to restart from the airport in August, too.
The airport continues to encourage all passengers to play their part in reducing the current health risks. This means maintaining social distancing, washing and sanitising hands regularly and the wearing of face coverings.
The pandemic has had a devastating effect on the aviation sector with Ryanair saying it may need to cut as many as 3,000 jobs although it also said it can decrease this number if staff come to an agreement on pay cuts of 20%.
EasyJet, on Tuesday, said it would be cutting 4,500 jobs and would close its operations at Stansted, Newcastle, and Southend as it struggled with a huge loss of income as a result of the coronavirus lockdowns.
The commercial carriers woes has also had a significant knock-on effect at aircraft manufacturer, Airbus, which on Tuesday announced worldwide job losses of 15,000, 1,700 of these from its wing-making factories at Broughton in Deeside and in Bristol where around 6,000 people are currently employed.
Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury said the company was facing, “The gravest crisis this industry has ever experienced”.
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