More than a third of jobs at London City Airport could be cut due to the coronavirus pandemic, bosses have said.
Airport officials confirmed yesterday (Monday, September 14) that a consultation had started, with 239 positions at risk – some 35 percent of the workforce.
Union bosses warned staff were “feared for their future” at a “traumatic time”.
Like other airports, the Newham-based airport has been hit hard by Covid-19 – 90% of UK flights were grounded during the height of the virus.
In April, just over 700 planes took off from Britain’s ten largest airports in a week, according to global tracking site FlightRadar24.
London City completely halted commercial flights at the end of March, only to resume at the end of June – but with figures still well below those of last year, according to the bosses.
The airport last month put its £ 500million expansion plans on hold due to the cost of the virus.
Staff were put on leave during the pandemic, with the airport increasing wages to 100% until August, when government support was cut.
But the job retention program is due to end entirely from October, and airport general manager Robert Sinclair has said he accepts “with immense regret” that further cuts are needed.
“The aviation industry is in the throes of the biggest recession it has ever seen as a result of the pandemic,” he said.
“We have waited as long as possible for the job cuts, but unfortunately we are not immune from the devastating impact of this virus.”
Mr Sinclair said the cuts should now help London City “bounce back in better shape” from the worst of the crisis.
But Unite, which represents airport staff, said bosses should officially recognize the union if they really want to help employees.
Regional officer Mercedes Sanchez warned workers are “worried and fearful for their future” after the announcement.
“These latest job losses underline why it is absolutely essential that the government come up with a sector-specific support program for aviation, including a modified job retention program, in order to prevent these job losses. unnecessary and protect the communities where aviation workers are located. based, ”she said.