Jet2 are to make more than 100 pilots redundant after the airline rejected a wide range alternative proposal from the British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa) union.
Balpa said in June that Jet2 were proposing to axe 102 pilot jobs amid the pandemic forcing airlines to ground their fleets.
Balpa general secretary Brian Strutton said on Saturday, “This announcement is yet another which shows the desperate state of the British aviation sector.
“Despite enormous efforts to work with Jet2 to find ways of saving these jobs, the airline is insisting on 102 redundancies.
“This will be a particular kick in the teeth as many of those who may lose their jobs have recently joined the airline after having been dismissed from Thomas Cook which went into administration last year.”
He added, “The government has a significant role to play in supporting the vital British aviation industry. Its quarantine changes keep throwing every restart plan into chaos.
“If these quarantines are really needed, the Government must stump up the support to help the airline industry which is doing its best to get back on track but keeps being knocked back at every juncture.”