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