UK looking at air bridges but criticises airlines for cutting staff

LONDON, June 3 (Reuters) - The United Kingdom is looking closely at air bridges to enable some people to travel but airlines should not be using the government’s job retention scheme as a way to cut thousands of staff, a junior transport minister said on Wednesday.

“No option is off the table and we are looking very closely at air bridges which are also known as international corridors,” Kelly Tolhurst told parliament.

Tolhurst said she regretted the layoffs at some airlines such as British Airways. When asked if the government should look at reallocating landing slots, she said:

“We want airport landing and takeoff slots to be used as effectively as possible for UK consumers and the UK aviation market ... and I want to ensure the slot allocation process encourages competition.” (Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton; editing by Stephen Addison)