Hays Travel have been forced to cut up to 878 jobs due to the government’s advice on non-essential travel to Spain along with changes in the furlough scheme.
Owners John and Irene Hays said they have been left “with no choice” as a result of those two conditions, despite the job retention scheme being designed to protect mass redundancies.
The Hays said, “We are devastated that after all of our efforts and the huge investment we’ve made we now face losing some of our valued employees, through no fault of their own.
“Following the decision to ban travel to Spain and the changes in furlough conditions coming at the same time, we have had no choice.”
Two weeks ago the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) changed their travel advice over Spain and the Balearics and Canary Islands, following an increase in coronavirus cases.
The owners of Hays Travel said they are devasted over the job losses and will endeavour to do all they can to help those affected.
The couple vowed to “focus on retaining as many people as possible and rebuilding consumer confidence through our renowned friendly and knowledgeable customer service.”