Commercial aircraft orders fell to a record low last month as the coronavirus pandemic continues to take its toll on the global travel sector.
Aerospace trade body ADS said just nine plane orders and 52 deliveries were made in August – the lowest for the month on record.
That is a 59% decline on the same month last year, and a 91.3 per cent drop on 2018. Overall, just 123 orders have been placed since the start of the crisis in March.
ADS Chief Executive Paul Everitt said: “The aerospace industry in the UK and around the world is feeling the effect of travel restrictions and 2020 is set for the lowest number of global aircraft deliveries in more than a decade.
“Aircraft manufacturing employs more than 110,000 people in the UK. The industry is looking to the Government to act urgently to develop and reform its quarantine policy, using testing to reduce the period air travellers need to isolate after arrival in the UK.
“A full restart for aviation is the only way to ensure the future of the UK’s highly skilled and innovative aerospace sector, and will be an essential component of our national economic recovery.”