All commercial and private flights from City London Airport have been suspended until late April.
The move comes at a time when British Prime Minister Boris Johnson imposed a two-week general closure in the United Kingdom for three weeks aimed at curbing the outbreak of the new Corona virus, which has killed more than 300 people in the country.
In the framework of this procedure, which is effective from Monday before Monday, the British will not be allowed to leave their homes except in very limited cases such as purchasing the necessary necessities and going to work or to the doctor or exercise once a day, according to Johnson in his speech to the nation.
It will also prevent every gathering of more than two people, and all non-essential goods and places of worship will be closed.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) had expected, on Tuesday, that the world’s aviation sector would lose $ 252 billion in revenue this year due to the new Corona virus, which is double the previous forecast of $ 113 billion.
“It is the most profound crisis that our sector has ever experienced,” said union director General Alexander de Juniac, during a conference call, calling on governments to provide assistance to tackle the “liquidity crisis”.
“We need an emergency package of aid. We especially need liquidity,” he added.
The crisis weighs on 98% of commercial flights
The crisis is weighing 98% of commercial flights in the world, according to IATA, who explained that at the beginning of the year, an average airline had enough funds for two months.
A 200 billion dollar emergency plan
And last week, airlines, many of whom had to stop their fleet entirely due to travel restrictions due to the Covid-19 epidemic, issued a distress call for urgent aid amounting to 200 billion dollars (185 billion euros).
IATA includes 290 airlines, which represent 82% of the total global flights, and requested “direct financial support” for commercial and cargo flights to compensate for their losses, as well as loans and guarantees agreed by governments and central banks to alleviate taxes and social security.