Covid-19: environmentalists warn against airlines bailout

Campaigners have urged EU transport ministers not to bail out the aviation industry to cover their losses from the Covid-19 pandemic with public money and to use the funding to take care of employees instead.

As bad as the coronavirus is, its outcome will look like a bad cold compared to the consequences of the climate crisis, with entire countries on fire or underwater, mass starvation and forced migration”, said Magdalena Heuwieser from campaign group Stay Grounded.

Let’s not bail out shareholders and executives who have spent years lining their pockets, while hundreds of thousands of small businesses, owner-operated restaurants and creative artists go out of business,” Heuwieser said.

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