The Farnborough Aerospace Consortium (FAC) has expressed its concern for all businesses in the sector and its supply chain and has urged the government for continued support.
The industry was one of the earliest and hardest to be hit by the coronavirus pandemic due to a sudden slump in passenger numbers and already many jobs have been lost.
Aerospace businesses face extraordinary challenges and many are small and medium-sized enterprises and help form the backbone of the UK economy.
FAC represents hundreds of companies based mainly in the south and south east of the UK – but has members from across the country and abroad.
David Barnes its chief executive said: “Our concern as a consortium is for all aspects of the aerospace and related industries.
“These including air travel, engineering, equipment supply and support and operations.
“There are hundreds of thousands of people employed in the sector and others who are reliant upon it.
“On behalf of our members and the sector we are actively engaged in lobbying the government for continued support.
“This will be a temporary situation and the sector must be ready to respond quickly when it is over. They have to be poised to reactivate immediately.
“This requires all businesses to keep hold of staff and stay afloat – and that means government support.
“The whole aerospace sector is vital to the UK’s economy and it’ll be needed to help rebuild after the pandemic is over.”
About the Farnborough Aerospace Consortium:
Farnborough Aerospace Consortium (FAC) is one of the longest established aerospace and defence trade associations in the UK.
It has circa 200 members nationally and internationally to serve its membership in the south and south east of England, the heart of UK aerospace.
Through its unrivalled experience and expertise, the FAC acts as an enabler for business between large primes and the supply chain – especially SMEs.
Its chairman is Sir Donald Spiers and its chief executive is David Barnes.
Address: FAC, The Council Offices, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 7JU
Phone: 01252 375600
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