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The crisis in air transport could cost 46 million jobs

Geneva / The crisis in air transport caused by the COVID-19 pandemic could mean the loss of 46 million jobs in the world, including 4.8 million direct jobs in aviation companies, warned today officials of the sector.

“Given the expectation that air traffic this year will be only half of that registered in 2019, we know that many jobs in the sector and the rest of the economy are in danger, and many companies are making difficult decisions,” lamented the Group director of Action in Air Transport (ATAG), Michael Gill.

The 4.8 million jobs directly threatened “could be lost before the start of next year, representing a 43 percent reduction from pre-COVID figures”, in which the sector employed 11 million of employees, he stressed.

The impact could also affect more than 40 million additional jobs, including the tourism and hospitality sectors, explained the head of ATAG, which brings together experts and advises the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

This transport directly and indirectly influences, according to the expert, more than 87 million global jobs, so his analysis would mean a reduction by half of all that workforce.

Recovery of the sector

Gill also predicted that the near-total shutdown of air transport that occurred for months, coupled with the current situation, in which the recovery is having many ups and downs, could mean that the sector will not return to pre-crisis levels of activity until 2024.

In this context, the analyst considered “absolutely necessary for all governments to do everything possible to help the sector recover, in order to recover those jobs and economic activity.”

He stressed that this recovery “needs certain certainty, not subject to random declarations of quarantine and constant changes in the lists of destinations that may or may not be accepted.”

The sector insists in recent weeks that quarantines, which have led a large part of the population to give up flying in the coming months, be replaced as soon as possible by rapid COVID tests at airports, prior to takeoffs.

“We know these decisions are difficult to make, but as the ability to test improves and the prospect of a vaccine becomes clearer, we hope that more stability in travel will lead to a more stable return to the role of air travel in the economy, “he said.

Reduce carbon dioxide emissions

Gill made this analysis public at the Global Forum on Sustainable Aviation, where industry representatives debated the future of the aviation sector and assured that despite the crisis, their commitment to making this transport contribute less to global warming remains.

“The airline industry has a long-term goal of cutting carbon dioxide emissions in half by 2050, and with the help of governments, technology and the energy sector we hope to achieve zero emissions approximately a decade later.” Gill assured.

IATA Director General Alexandre de Juniac added that COVID “has devastated the aviation industry, but we are working hard to reconnect the world in a safe and sustainable way.”

He warned, in a message to governments, that “this is not the time to increase environmental taxes that punish people for reconnecting with their family or contribute to economic recovery traveling on business.” (October 1, 2020, EFE / PracticaEspañol)

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Question 1
En el texto se dice que...
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millones de personas podrían perder su trabajo por la crisis causada por el COVID-19.
B
por ahora, la crisis causada por el COVID-19 no ha afectado al tráfico aéreo.
C
el COVID-19 no tendría nada que ver con el hecho de que millones de personas puedan perder su empleo.
Question 2
Según el texto...
A
las personas que trabajan en el sector turístico también podrían perder su empleo.
B
la crisis causada por el COVID-19 solo afectaría al sector del transporte aéreo.
C
ATAG ve bastante improbable que haya despidos antes del año 2021.
Question 3
En el texto se dice que Gill...
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dijo que sería bastante improbable el cierre casi total del transporte aéreo.
B
considera que la certidumbre es positiva en la recuperación del sector.
C
afirmó que el sector aéreo se recuperaría a finales de este año.
Question 4
En el texto se dice que...
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la industria de la aviación se ha visto seriamente afectada por el COVID-19.
B
ya no es necesario realizar ningún test de COVID-19 a los viajeros en los aeropuertos.
C
la industria aérea ve imposible reducir las emisiones de dióxido de carbono.
Question 5
En el vídeo se dice que...
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solo el 8% de la plantilla está en ERTE.
B
se han operado 220.000 vuelos entre junio y agosto en España.
C
se descarta que la situación no sea muy buena en invierno.
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