Heathrow Airport have started consulting with unions over pay cuts which will see salaries reduced by approximately 15 to 20%.
Engineering, air-side operations and security positions are affected by the pay cuts, which affects around 4,700 workers.
Heathrow said in a statement that they “guarantee a job” for anyone who wants to remain at the West London Airport, but if no agreement is made then there will be job cuts.
Heathrow Airport said in a statement, “Covid-19 has decimated the aviation industry, which has led to an unprecedented drop in passenger numbers at Heathrow, costing the airport over £1bn since the start of March.
“Provisional traffic figures for August show passenger numbers remain 82% down on last year and we must urgently adapt to this new reality.
“Discussions with our unions have taken place over four months and our final offer is informed by feedback we have received from them.
“But with air travel showing little sign of recovery, these discussions cannot go on indefinitely and we must act now to prevent our situation from worsening.
“We have now started a period of formal consultation with our unions on our offer, which still guarantees a job at the airport for anyone who wishes to stay with our business.”