Gatwick eyes 600 job losses in face of virus headwinds
GATWICK airport is to cut up to 600 jobs in response to the “devastating impact” of Covid-19.
The redundancies, which represent almost a quarter of the airport’s workforce, come after passenger numbers fell 80pc in August. Boss Stewart Wingate said: “If anyone is in any doubt about the devastating impact Covid-19 has had on the aviation and travel industry then today’s news we have shared with our staff, regarding the proposed job losses, is a stark reminder.”
Earlier this month, The Daily Telegraph disclosed that Britain’s secondbusiest airport was preparing to keep one of its two terminals shut until next summer and told staff that redundancies were likely. The Sussex base has been hit particularly hard after its second-biggest customer, British Airways, raised the spectre of concentrating operations at Heathrow and third-largest airline Norwegian slashed services.
The “significant restructure” is designed to “reshape the company” as it prepares for a long road to recovery.
A consultation on the job cuts has been launched. Mr Wingate added: “Gatwick will recover from this pandemic and we will emerge from the restructuring we are proposing a fitter and stronger organisation, which is best-placed to offer our passengers and our airlines a modern and innovative airport ready for growth.”
Hopes were raised in March that airports and airlines would be first in the queue for an industry-specific taxpayer bailout.
Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor, namechecked the sectors as he announced the Government’s initial economic stimulus plans.
However, aviation has been unable to convince the Treasury to come up with an injection.
Stewart Wingate, the chief executive of Gatwick airport, says the job cuts provide a ‘stark reminder’