Air passengers could face four-hour waits to board planes after coronavirus lockdown – the sun

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PLANE passengers could face a four-hour wait before flying, reduced hours and higher prices in a post-lockout world.

Air travel could become more of a luxury as airlines following distancing rules may have to increase fares to cover the cost of fewer travelers.

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Deserted Heathrow Airport May Not Look Too Busy When Lockout Releases – As Restrictions and Higher Flight Prices May Be IntroducedCredit: SWNS: South West News Service
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British nationals queue to fly home from India as pandemic hits – travelers may queue for four hours in the futureCredit: AFP or licensors

People may be required to undergo pre-flight checkups to make sure they are well before going abroad.

And travelers may need to all wear masks or cover their faces with scarves to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

These extreme measures could be put in place over the next five years, experts warned, while the world is in shock from the deadly pandemic.

Whiz Air is slated to resume commercial flights on Friday – one of the first to do so – which means more will follow soon.

Anyone traveling on one of their aircraft must wear a face cover and will be kept away from others during the flight.

Social distancing rules could mean that airlines can only complete 20% of their flights.

But because it is only when an airplane is 80% full that airlines recover their costs, air fares could be dramatically increased.

Air transportation has been an industry extremely affected by the pandemic, as the majority of aircraft have been immobilized.

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British Airways this week said it was concerned that 12,000 workers would be laid off as the airline tried to stay afloat.

And Virgin Atlantic has asked the government for a £ 500 million bailout.

Andrew Charlton, Executive Director of Aviation Advocacy, told The Times: “Even if it starts to rain vaccines tonight, we are looking at least two years to return to pre-epidemic levels.

“And it will probably last more than five years.

“There will be fewer flights, fewer seats available, prices will rise and conditions will be very uncomfortable due to the demand to wear personal protective equipment and maintain social distance. “

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It comes as new figures show that the true number of coronavirus deaths in the UK is now 26,097.

This is an increase of 4,419 in Tuesday’s tally – with figures combined to include deaths in hospitals, nursing homes and the wider community for the first time since the onset of the crisis.

It has been confirmed today that some children may face long delays before returning to class full time – as schools will return “gradually.”

Education secretary Gavin Williamson said this morning that no date has been set for schools to return to normal.

And he confirmed that schools, closed since March 18, will not open during the summer to help children catch up on lessons lost during the crisis.

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Drivers yesterday stood in line at Burger King, which has reopened. Government graphics show an alarming increase in traffic.

Britons looking forward to breaking out of the lockout saw the highest level of vehicles on the road on Monday since the lockout started.

England Public Health medical director Dr Yvonne Doyle described the increase in traffic this week as “slightly disturbing” on Wednesday afternoon.

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Additional health checks and precautions to keep passengers can be broughtCredit: SWNS: South West News Service

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