One of Europe’s largest regional airlines, Flybe, has declared bankruptcy

first_imgThe last flights of the Exeter-based airline ended at British airports late last night, after hours of speculation that the company would cease operations. Flybe had been in financial trouble for some time, and fewer passengers due to the outbreak of coronavirus was crucial. Photo: Fb Flybe So Flybe announced today that their planes were grounded, and told its passengers not to come to the airports unless they had arranged a flight with another airline in the meantime.The airline was bought a year ago by a consortium led by Virgin Atlantic, which has invested at least £ 100 million, but Flybe needed more.center_img During the day, railway companies in the UK offered free travel to staff as well as Flybe customers for the next seven days. By the way, Flybe was founded in 1979 and was the largest regional airline, which until yesterday employed about 2000 people. Although he was primarily a regional airline, his planes also flew to some European destinations, including Croatia.last_img read more

The aviation industry is facing difficult times and a long recovery. The time of low-cost flights will be behind us

first_imgPhoto: Emirates Surely the time of cheap ticket prices is behind us. The price of flights will increase significantly in the long run, ie it will be in some realistic framework of sustainability. Emirates is the first airline to introduce rapid passenger tests on COVID-19 It is currently not possible to bring hand luggage on flights, except for computers, handbags, briefcases or baby care items. All other items must be handed over at check-in, and Emirates grants passengers an increase in the amount of checked baggage allowed in addition to the amount they might otherwise bring on board. After each flight, all Emirates aircraft undergo a thorough cleaning and disinfection process in Dubai. Emirates thus became the first airline to introduce rapid passenger testing on COVID-19 just before travel. A rapid blood test was performed by DHA representatives at Terminal 3 of Dubai International Airport, and the results were available within 10 minutes. Kako će koronavirus utjecati na zračni promet i aviokompanije? – jedno je od pitanja koje se logično postavlja i raspravlja globalno među strukom. According to forecasts, the real recovery of the tourism sector will begin only when the vaccine is found, and will last 2-3 years. Then the psychological / safety barrier between people will be removed, so that they can travel freely. According to current estimates, both scientists, epidemiologists, and the World Health Organization (WHO) should not expect the vaccine for another 12 months, if not longer. Of course, that does not mean that people will not travel, but certainly not in great intensity and as before. Everyone agrees that this situation will significantly affect our future way of life, business and thus the way we travel, ie the entire tourism sector. One thing is for sure, the world will be measured before and after the coronavirus. There is also the factor, ecology and sustainability, where until a year or two ago, airlines were under great pressure, and even in the Scandinavian countries, a protest and movement against air travel was launched. In the post-coronavirus era, it is ecology and sustainability that will be further expressed and sought after. Also, it will take a long time to start traveling freely as before, as well as the same intensity. We will certainly not travel all over the world and travel by plane for 5 or more hours, but will travel more regionally, locally and not too far from our home, especially in Europe. Also, the recovery will be much longer because for a while people will certainly not fly airplanes, at least en masse through the prism of tourism. The perception and feeling of fear of traveling (especially long journeys) and of being pushed like a sardine on a plane, certainly does not go aside for airlines. As well as the financial condition of the population and the long recovery and stabilization of the economy. Also, the option of having every other seat on the plane empty, respecting spacing measures, is neither sustainable nor cost-effective for airlines. The whole market pressure for cheap flights, even before the impact of the coronavirus, has led many companies to financial problems or bankruptcy, (Thomas Cook, Monarch Airlines…) because the sustainability of this business model is based solely on constant high passenger traffic with extremely high occupancy each flight. What all the changes will be is difficult to predict at the moment, but it is certain that the aviation industry will have major and long-term negative consequences. The current coronavirus pandemic is affecting all industries, and especially the tourism sector that is most directly affected. Sure and how you will have to think carefully about how to organize airports, from the check-in process, airport movements, bag collection lanes as well as boarding the plane itself. It was a question of when that bubble would burst, and now the impact of the coronavirus has only accelerated the whole process and brought many airlines to the wall overnight. States will also save financial assistance from national airlines, but certainly not low-budget ones. One of the probable scenarios is that passengers will have to be tested for coronavirus at borders, including airports, ie additional preventive measures will be introduced. Keeping in mind the social distance, Emirates has placed protective barriers at each check-in counter as additional safety measures for passengers and employees during any interaction. All employees at the airport are required to use gloves, masks and hand sanitizers. Passengers must also wear their own masks when at the airport and on the plane and follow social distancing guidelines. This state of emergency has already bankrupted some low-cost airlines, from Germanwings to Flybe, and will only unfortunately be followed by the bankruptcy of the same. Simply, so far, there has been too much pressure on the lowest possible ticket prices for low-cost flights, and airlines have been operating with a profit margin of 3-5%. “The testing process went smoothly and we want to take this opportunity to zwe thank DHA for their initiatives and innovative solutions. This would not have been possible without the support of Dubai Airport and other government bodies. We are working to increase the number of tests in the future and their introduction on other flights, which will allow us to conduct tests on COVID-19 on the spot and instant confirmation for Emirates passengers traveling to countries that require them. The health and safety of airport staff and passengers remains paramountSaid Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ Chief Operating Officer. In coordination with the national health organization Dubai Health Authority (DHA), the airline Emirates introduced additional preventive measures, so on yesterday’s flight to Tunisia, passengers were tested for COVID-19 before leaving Dubai. For health and safety reasons, Emirates has adapted the range of services intended for passengers so that magazines and other printed reading materials are not available to them, while food and drink are still served, but in customized packaging and in a special way to reduce contact with staff. One of the possible scenarios shows us Emirates. Sve u svemu, turistički sektor očekuje više nego izazovno vrijeme, a pogotovo avionsku industriju koja će ova kriza puno dublje pogoditi. Trenutno je teško bilo što planirati i predviđati kako će točno neke stvari funkcionirati. Ljudi će i dalje putovati, a turizam će se oporaviti – to je sigurno. No isto tako sigurno je i to kako će doći do velikih promjena u turističkom sektoru. For the end, I would point out good advice Kjell A. Nordströmoma, who points out that companies now have to experiment, as scientists often do. They test and see how things work. So the business sector needs to start experimenting, not planning.last_img read more

French police fire tear gas at anti-racism demo in Lille

first_imgFrench police fired tear gas to disperse around 2,000 demonstrators protesting against racism and police brutality in the northern city of Lille on Thursday.”No justice, no peace,” the crowd chanted, echoing the protests which have taken place across the United States following the death of unarmed African American George Floyd in the hands of police.The marchers also brandished placards, some in English, bearing slogans now familiar in the US protests: “Black lives matter”, “I can’t breathe,” and “Stop police violence”. Topics : “The question of police violence has been on the table for many years, but at the same time this inequality is displayed on a global basis,” he added.center_img The mainly young crowd in Lille marched to the city center, also calling for “justice for Adama”.Adama Traore was a young black man killed in French police custody in 2016.On Thursday police in Lille fired tear gas to disperse the protesters but flashpoint incidents continued as night fell.”Today people feel stigmatized, ostracized by the Republic and these people… demand above all to be integrated, recognized, treated like everyone else,” one of the marchers, 32-year-old Sofian Betrancourt, told AFP.last_img read more

Britain offers fast-track visas for foreign health workers

first_imgBritain’s new immigration system will provide faster and cheaper visas for skilled health and social care workers, the government announced on Monday, setting out further details of the points-based system that will come into effect in January.A new post-Brexit immigration system will apply to skilled workers and ends free movement of labor between Britain and the European Union (EU) following Britain’s departure from the bloc earlier this year.The state-funded National Health Service (NHS), which employs more than 1.2 million people and is Britain’s front line in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic, relies on labor from both the EU and other countries around the world. On Monday, the government outlined a new “Health and Care Visa” which will lower fees, cut application times and provide greater support for eligible applicants who will work in the NHS, social care or supporting companies.In most cases the new immigration system requires any worker from overseas to have a job offer, sufficiently high qualifications and spoken English.The government also announced that international students completing undergraduate or masters degrees will be able to stay in Britain for two years.Those completing a PhD will be able to stay for three years.There is no planned formal route for lower-skilled workers to enter Britain, although seasonal and sector-specific schemes may be created. Topics :last_img read more

Same-Sex Parenting: Child Abuse?

first_imgPublic Discourse 8 July 2013After having spent the last year involved in the debate about same-sex parenting, I can say the following with great confidence: both sides of the same-sex marriage debate are afraid of naming child abuse by same-sex couples. The issue is so raw and painful that even critics of same-sex parenting are scared to go there.Pro-SSM people say gays have been unfairly stereotyped as child abusers, so any discussion of gay child abusers is adding to their oppression. Anti-SSM commentators generally don’t want the added fuss of showing up on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of homophobes. So a general pattern emerges: even when you critique same-sex parenting, you must never do so in terms that sound accusatory or equate homosexuality with child abuse.Let’s be clear: I am not saying that same-sex parents are automatically guilty of any kind of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse to the children they raise. Nor am I saying that LGBT people are less likely to take good care of children.What I mean is this: Even the most heroic mother in the world can’t father. So to intentionally deprive any child of her mother or father, except in cases like divorce for grave reasons or the death of a parent, is itself a form of abuse. (Though my mother raised me with the help of a lesbian partner, I do not feel I was abused, because I always knew that my mother didn’t intend for my father to divorce her.)This holds true not only for same-sex parenting, but for any choice to parent a child in a less-than-ideal setting for a less-than-grave reason. It’s abuse, for example, for a single parent to adopt a child when many other equally good two-parent homes are available. It’s abuse for parents to divorce simply for reasons related to their own emotional happiness. It’s abuse for LGBT couples to create children through IVF and then deprive them of a mother or father.Media Tip-Toeing Around AbuseTwo recent pieces in the Washington Post and the New York Times last month are noteworthy, because both broke the silence on the downsides of same-sex parenting but still carefully avoided the word “abuse.”After months of presenting a whitewashed portrait of same-sex parenting, the Post finally ran a letter from Tommy Valentine of Alexandra, Virginia, warning the proponents of homosexual adoption that “A child is not a commodity to be coveted, like the car or house,” and “Even with an ‘open adoption’ arrangement with his birth mother, Kyler [the adoptee] is being deprived of the unique, irreplaceable impact of a life with a mother and father.”Three days later the New York Times ran a self-reflective piece by Frank Litgvoet, a gay man who is raising two adopted children with his male partner, titled “The Misnomer of Motherless Parenting.” Litgvoet deserves tremendous praise for being willing to name the integral flaw in same-sex parenting, despite how promising it looks to gay adults:Being a “motherless” child in an open adoption is not as simple as it looks, because there is a birth mother, who walks in and walks out of the lives of our children. And when she is not physically there, she is—as we know from many accounts of adult adoptees—still present in dreams, fantasies, longings and worries. . . .When the mother walks into the lives of our kids it is mostly a wonderful experience. It is harder for them when she walks out, not only because of the sad goodbye of a beloved adult, but also because it triggers the difficult and painful question of why she walked out in the first place.http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2013/07/10474/?utm_source=RTA+Lopez+abuse&utm_campaign=winstorg&utm_medium=emaillast_img read more