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TICKER VIEWS – Why governments should be compensating airlines for COVID disruptions

Anthony Lucas

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A year into the pandemic and yet on the rare occasion, a border is snapped shut due to the detection of a few cases of COVID-19.

That’s the case in Australia, at least.

There is no doubt the nation is doing incredibly well with managing the virus – in fact, the country rarely records a locally transmitted case.

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On the rare occasion that the nation does record a case of COVID-19, often we see the states and territories of Australia snap their borders shut, in fear that the virus will enter.

But when this happens, what happens to businesses that are impacted by the loss of revenue? Who compensates the world’s airlines when flights are forced to be canceled and travel grinds to a halt?

Internationally, the problem remains much the same.

Irish A330 First Officer, Brian O’Leary says airlines still being ‘left on the ropes’ and Governments aren’t providing enough support.

Small Business Australia’s Bill Lang, who says ‘it’s time for Governments to do more and start compensating the industry before it becomes too late.

Delta Airlines jets sit idle on a runway in the US.

What the aviation sector has to say:

The Australian Aviation sector continues to slowly recover from the devastation caused in 2020.

We’re now seeing airlines bounce back to 80 percent capacity of pre-COVID levels.

But still, the industry is brought to its knees when border closures are put into place, having to cancel flights, furlough employees and leave many travellers frustrated by the news that their flight ‘won’t be going ahead today’

Declan Kiddle, an Australian Aviation Operations Controller based in Perth, Western Australia, says the industry heavily on Jobkeeper, a former wage subsidiary.

Kiddle says the announcement of a $1.2 billion aviation and travel support package for the troubled sector has been welcomed, but the continuation of snap-border closures is resulting in traveller hesitancy.

Vaccinations and travel

Airlines right across the world are heavily reliant on the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Carriers such as Emirates have begun implementing full digital verification procedures to ensure smoother processing of passengers without needing physical paperwork.

Other airlines such as Australian carrier, Qantas has hinted at making it mandatory for all passengers that wish to travel overseas to have received a COVID jab.

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Fancy a ‘flight to nowhere’ to view the super-moon from up in the sky?

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In a bid to rebound from international and domestic border closures, Australian airline… Qantas has offered ‘flights to nowhere’.

Travel-starved Australian residents will have the chance to view the late-May supermoon and full lunar eclipse from over 40,000 feet in the sky.

The moon rises over the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia, Tuesday, April 27, 2021. This moon is a supermoon, meaning it appears larger than an average full moon because it is nearer the closest point of its orbit to Earth (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

But if you were hoping to get onboard, you’re already out of luck – the airline says all tickets were snapped up in record time… at just two and a half minutes.

The super-moon joy flight is the latest in a series of Qantas-operated trips to encourage travellers to take up travel in a post-pandemic world.

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World’s largest fast-food restaurant chain now caught up in wage battle

Brittany Coles

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Would a pay rise be enough for you to be on the front-line… working at a drive-thru window rather than at home?

Customers are coming back faster than restaurants can staff up.

McDonald’s is the latest U.S giant to raise pay in a move to attract more applicants and keep up with customer demand.

McDonald’s and Chipotle are just some of the latest companies to follow Amazon, Walmart and Costco in boosting wages.

Hospitality workers are some of the lowest paid employees… even though they run the risk of contracting COVID-19 on the job, compared to white-collar employees who can work from home.

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SpaceX will also be orbiting in Google’s cloud?

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SpaceX and Google have announced a deal.

The new deal will see Starlink ground stations placed in Google data centre properties…with the first to switch on in the second half of the year.

The goal is for businesses to reach cloud services from rural and regional parts of the planet.

Google said that Connectivity from Starlink’s constellation of satellites provides a path for data to be distributed across countries, quickly and securely

“Connectivity from Starlink’s constellation of low-Earth-orbit satellites provides a path for these organisations to deliver data and applications to teams distributed across countries and continents, quickly and securely,” Google said.

Also, Australian fibre provider, Vocus, has put a bid in to host LEO ground stations.

“This means having ground stations in regional areas close to where the end-users are located, to minimise round-trip time,” Vocus general manager for government and strategic projects Michael Ackland said.

In other Elon-related news, the SpaceX and Tesla CEO tweeted earlier this week that the carmaker would stop accepting bitcoin payments.

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