Air­bus to cut 15,000 in its ‘gravest cri­sis’

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Front Page - By Alan Tovey

AIR­BUS is to cut 15,000 jobs around the world as the plane-maker adapts to a col­lapse in de­mand for new air­craft.

Some 1,700 jobs will go in the UK, while France and Ger­many will each lose about 5,000 po­si­tions, with thou­sands more roles axed at other op­er­a­tions world­wide.

It fol­lows plum­met­ing de­mand for air travel as the coro­n­avirus pan­demic im­poses lock­downs and travel re­stric­tions in many coun­tries.

Guil­laume Faury, chief ex­ec­u­tive, said: “Air­bus is fac­ing the gravest cri­sis this in­dus­try has ever ex­pe­ri­enced.”

The squeeze on the avi­a­tion sec­tor also saw easy­Jet an­nounce an end to ground op­er­a­tions at Stansted Air­port, Southend and New­cas­tle yes­ter­day while slash­ing al­most 2,000 UK jobs.

Easy­Jet will still fly to the air­ports, but will not have any staff based there.

The FTSE 250 com­pany is push­ing the cuts through as part of plans to lay off nearly one in three of its 15,000 work­ers, fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of ri­vals such as Bri­tish Air­ways which is sack­ing up to 12,000 peo­ple

Al­most two fifths of easy­Jet roles ex­pected to go – some 1,900 jobs – will be cut in the UK. This in­cludes 727 pi­lots and ac­counts for al­most one in three of easy­Jet’s flight crew, along with 1,200 cabin staff. Mean­while, Air­bus boss Mr

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