Airliner Virgin Atlantic has announced that it will only be hiring new flight crew members who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
Existing staff will not be required to get the jab, however, it will be encouraged.
According to a spokeswoman for the airliner, the policy, which applies to new pilots as well as cabin crew members, was introduced “to protect our flying programme, alongside the significant benefits to public health”.
It’s understood that this policy is in line with other global airlines, including Virgin Atlantic’s partner ‘Delta Airlines’.
The spokeswoman noted that destinations such as Hong Kong and Pakistan will require crew members to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
She added, “We know vaccination is the best way out of this pandemic and appreciate that the vaccination level of our workforce is very high,”.
“We’re committed to ensuring our customers and our teams fly safe and well and look forward to welcoming more of our pilots and cabin crew back to the skies.”
British Airways has taken a different approach to the immunity status of its crew members, stating that getting vaccinated is a personal choice.
Easy Jet has encouraged its staff to get fully vaccinated but has not made it a requirement.
According to Conciliation service Acas, there is no other UK law that requires people to have the vaccine, even if an employer prefers them to.