Budget airline Norwegian has cut 1,100 pilot and cabin crew jobs at Gatwick airport as the company has axed their long-haul network.
The airline reported a £442m loss in the first six months of the year, and in August 2020 Norwegian announced they will need more financial support as direct result of the pandemic.
Norwegian said they will now operate a “simplified business structure and dedicated short-haul route network” after being hit by the pandemic.
Chief executive Jacob Schram said, “Our short-haul network has always been the backbone of Norwegian and will form the basis of a future resilient business model.
“I am pleased to present a robust business plan today, which will provide a new start for the company.
“By focusing our operation on a short-haul network, we aim to attract existing and new investors, serve our customers and support the wider infrastructure and travel industry in Norway and across the Nordics and Europe.
“Our focus is to rebuild a strong, profitable Norwegian so that we can safeguard as many jobs as possible.
“We do not expect customer demand in the long-haul sector to recover in the near future, and our focus will be on developing our short-haul network as we emerge from the reorganisation process.”
Schram added, “It is with a heavy heart that we must accept that this will impact dedicated colleagues from across the company.
“I would like to thank each one of our affected colleagues for their tireless dedication and contribution to Norwegian over the years.”