Latest airport jobs misery with 239 posts at risk

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Latest airport jobs misery with 239 posts at risk

Up to 239 jobs are at risk as part of “crucial restructuring plans” at a major UK airport.

The proposals mean 35 per cent of roles could be lost across London City Airport, which was closed for almost three months from March 25 because of the coronavirus crisis.

A consultation has begun with staff on ways of reducing costs, including through voluntary redundancy, which follows similar measures at Birmingham Airport.

Chief executive Robert Sinclair said: “It is with huge regret that we are announcing this restructuring programme today and our thoughts are with all of our highly valued staff and their families.

“The aviation sector is in the throes of the biggest downturn it has ever experienced as a result of the pandemic. We have held off looking at job losses for as long as possible, but sadly we are not immune from the devastating impact of this virus.

“Our focus in the coming weeks is to help all staff through this exceptionally difficult period. We are committed to playing our part in rebuilding a stronger local and national economy once the worst of the downturn passes and believe that the difficult decisions we are taking now will enable the airport to bounce back in a better shape when growth returns.”

London’s Heathrow Airport has previously warned up to 1,200 frontline jobs are at risk as a result of the downturn.

Bosses have started consultations with unions over pay cuts and changes to benefits, in a process which could lead to job losses.

The airport said in a statement: “Covid-19 has decimated the aviation industry, which has led to an unprecedented drop in passenger numbers at Heathrow, costing the airport over £1billion since the start of March.

“Provisional traffic figures for August show passenger numbers remain 82 per cent down on last year and we must urgently adapt to this new reality.

“Discussions with our unions have taken place over four months and our final offer is informed by feedback we have received from them.

“But with air travel showing little sign of recovery, these discussions cannot go on indefinitely and we must act now to prevent our situation from worsening.

“We have now started a period of formal consultation with our unions on our offer, which still guarantees a job at the airport for anyone who wishes to stay with our business.”

In July, Heathrow reported passenger numbers were down by more than 96 per cent in the second quarter of the year.

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