Gatwick Airport are to cut 600 jobs which is 24% of their current employees due to the “devastating” impact of the global pandemic.
Compared to 2019, passengers’ numbers are down by 80% and formal consultation process with employees will now start.
Gatwick Airport chief executive officer, 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.
“We are in ongoing talks with government to see what sector specific support can be put in place for the industry at this time, alongside mechanisms which will give our passengers greater certainty on where and when they can safely travel abroad.
“This support will not only help Gatwick but the wider regional economy which relies on the airport.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our staff, those who have worked tirelessly to keep Gatwick open throughout the pandemic and those who have had to remain on furlough, for their dedicated tenacity, professionalism and team spirit.
“We will continue to do all we can to preserve as many jobs as possible.
“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.”
Aviation experts warned earlier this month that placing all passengers in a 14-day quarantine for those who enter the UK will have a devastating impact.
A trade body warned that there will be an impact on the aviation sector and the economy, after ministers announced the mandatory quarantine.
“If the government believe quarantine is medically necessary, then it should be applied on a selective basis following the science, there should be a clear exit strategy and the economic impact on key sectors should be mitigated.”