“Crew are scared of working on the flights.”
British Airways cabin crew members are reportedly not turning up for flights to India due to its current Covid-19 crisis.
India is crumbling under the pressure of its second wave of Covid-19, and its healthcare system is struggling to cope.
The country has been reporting around 4,000 deaths per day, and the new strain is also striking fear in the UK.
As a result, some cabin crew members at British Airways are refusing to work on flights to India.
According to The Sun, BA has cancelled overnight stops in India, in an attempt to encourage cabin crew to fly there.
Managers at BA have also reiterated that all passengers travelling from India must take a mandatory pre-flight Covid-19 test.
However, cabin crew members remain fearful of flying to India.
One anonymous staff member reportedly said: “Crew are scared of working on the flights.”
BA bosses have written to frontline staff, asking them to come back to work.
The letter read:
“If you do not feel comfortable operating these flights then please complete a form and you will be removed.”
The airline has also issued a statement, stating that the safety of their customers and staff is extremely important to them.
“The safety of our customers and crew is always our top priority, and we follow and comply with all international regulations.”
The UK placed India on its travel ‘red list’ in April 2021. Therefore, passengers are banned from entering the UK unless they are British or Irish citizens.
Since then, BA has also reduced the number of flights to India.
The airline continues to operate seven services a week, across Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad.
However, the new Covid-19 variant that was first identified in India is currently making its way across the UK.
Now, according to Health Secretary Matt Hancock, there are more than 1,300 cases of it in the UK as of Sunday, May 16, 2021.
Hancock is not ruling out locking down areas such as Bolton, to help combat the spread of the variant.
He warned that the variant is highly transmissible, and can “spread like wildfire among the unvaccinated groups”.
“In Bolton, where we’ve seen a number of people in hospital with this new Indian variant, the vast majority of them have been eligible for a jab but not taken the jab.”
Therefore, he is urging people to come forward for their Covid-19 vaccinations when they are eligible to do so.