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Norwegian Air Uk fined for flying dogs into Gatwick illegally

An airline has been ordered to pay more than £4,500 for illegally flying pet dogs into Gatwick Airport.

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Norwegian Air UK Ltd was fined £4,200 and ordered to pay £334.86 in costs and a £140 victim surcharge at Worthing Magistrates Court on Friday 8 November following an investigation by West Sussex Trading Standards.

Dogs illegally travelled in the aircraft cabin four times between February 2019 and July 2019.

None of these animals were recognised assistance dogs and in two cases the dogs had not had the required tapeworm treatment for entry into the UK. This meant they were not compliant with the PETS travel scheme.

The Court heard that the airline has had previous warnings from West Sussex Trading Standards for illegally transporting animals and had accepted simple cautions for similar offences.

Peter Aston, West Sussex Trading Standards Team Manager, said:

“Although the dogs were compliant with their rabies vaccinations, it is vital that all other inoculations are also up to date to avoid transmission to people and other animals.

“For the safety of other passengers it is important that only bona-fide assistance dogs, trained by recognised training organisations, are allowed to travel in the cabin of aircraft.”

You can report concerns about illegally imported animals by contacting Trading Standards on 03454 040506 or online via www.westsussex.gov.uk/tsreport

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727 easyJet pilots jobs at risk of redundancy as airline proposes closing bases at three UK airports

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BALPA, the trade union representing its UK-based pilots, says that easyJet has today informed them that 727 of their pilots are at risk of redundancy.

In addition, the airline is also proposing to completely close its bases at Stansted, Southend and Newcastle airports.

The potential job loss would see almost 1-in3 easyJet pilots lose their jobs in the UK.

 In November 2019 easyJet acquired Thomas Cook’s slots at Gatwick Airport (12 summer slot pairs and 8 winter slot pairs) and Bristol Airport (6 summer slot pairs and one winter slot pair) for £36 million.

Brian Strutton, BALPA General Secretary, said:

“We know that aviation is in the midst of the COVID crisis and we had been expecting easyJet to make an announcement of temporary measures to help the airline through to recovery.

“But this seems an excessive over-reaction and easyJet won’t find a supply of pilots waiting to come back when the recovery takes place over the next two years. easyJet paid £174m out to shareholders, got agreements to furlough staff to protect cash, got £600m from the Government, has boasted of having £2.4bn in liquidity, and ticket sales are going through the roof so fast they cannot get pilots back off furlough quickly enough – so why the panic? It doesn’t add up. We are meeting easyJet today and we will be fighting to save every single job.

“This is more evidence that aviation in the U.K. is caught in a death spiral of despair and individual airlines are flailing around without direction. BALPA repeats its call for Government to step in, provide a strategy and back a moratorium on job losses while all stakeholders sort out an holistic way forward for the whole aviation sector.”

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