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124,000 aviation jobs could go within months unless government provides support, says report

Up to 124,000 jobs in the UK’s aviation industry and its supply chains are at risk of disappearing in just three months because of the coronavirus, according to new research.

Without government bailouts designed around protecting workers, a minimum of 70,000 jobs are likely to go, a report from the New Economics Foundation found. Of those, 39,000 are directly employed in aviation, with the remainder in the supply chain such as engineers and duty free shop assistants.

The scale of job losses is on a par with the collapse of Britain’s coal industry in 1980-81, and the report’s authors warned that the true number is likely to be higher by the end of the financial year next April.

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