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Published on Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Pilots give Transport Secretary Shapps vote of no confidence

A new survey by the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) finds 98% of pilots do not believe the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps supports the aviation and travel industry.

BALPA surveyed members just weeks before the furlough scheme comes to an end.

Nearly 50% of the pilots who responded said they will struggle to cover essential bills should furlough not be extended through the winter.

BALPA called on Shapps to support the industry through the winter.

BALPA wants a six month extension to the furlough scheme for the aviation industry in support of the sector's recovery. 

BALPA's Acting General Secretary Martin Chalk said: "Our current Transport Secretary has presided over the worst two summer seasons in aviation's global history and we have lost confidence in his support for aviation."

"We've seen him waste time on ineffectual task forces, implement confusing traffic light systems and undermine public confidence." 

"Now is his last chance to back a sector so crucial to the economic recovery we know we need."

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