Up to 250 jobs could go at Birmingham Airport because of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Airport is looking at shedding 27% of its workforce as it said the loss of income was “unsustainable”.
Unions have called the job losses “premature”.
Birmingham Airport’s CEO, Nick Barton, said: “The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic at Birmingham Airport has been significant, with a passenger scenario for this financial year of 90 percent less than in 19/20.
“Whilst we have tried to protect as many jobs as possible by limiting spending and maximising the use of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, the continued decline in traffic and loss of income is unsustainable.
“Maintaining employment at the same level as that prior to the pandemic is sadly not possible and it is therefore, with regret, that we must now consider resizing and restructuring the business.
“We have commenced discussions with the Union and a formal consultation with affected colleagues will begin in the coming weeks, as we consider reducing the employee headcount. This could lead to up to 250 redundancies affecting both permanent and seasonal employees.
“The last few months have been very challenging for many of our employees and we understand that this news will be disappointing, particularly whilst many remain on Furlough. However, we have had to take this difficult decision in the best interest of the business in the long-term, after what has been the most significant downturn in our history.”
Unite regional officer Peter Coulson said: “Unite will begin formal consultations with Birmingham Airport early next week.
“The challenges being faced at Birmingham Airport demonstrate why it is imperative the government hesitates no longer in providing specific support for aviation. It is the sector which has been most severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“While Unite understands the unprecedented challenges facing the aviation sector as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, this decision is premature.
“The government’s job retention scheme continues until October and with air bridges potentially opening the situation in the autumn may look very different.
“Our call to the airport is put the redundancy programme on hold.”
Nick Barton did stress the difficulties facing Birmingham Airport in the interview he gave on BBC Midlands Today a week or so ago. It will be a tough couple of years ahead. We can only hope things settle down eventually.
The runway length is immaterial at BHX. Although we have one of the longest runways in the UK, the low cost airlines only fly aircraft that need half our runway length. That's why Luton, with it's relatively modest length, does well with LC operators. Luton's strength in recent years, has been to attract LC airlines who need to get passengers to London in particular, while their bucket and spade image has declined somewhat since the 1970's heyday. We score with our range of scheduled flag carriers.
Hi there all, just checked both Birmingham and Luton for the most scheduled flights by a single airline and EasyJet at Luton Airport beats Birmingham Airport by a long way, 44 scheduled flights from Luton Airport with EasyJet, where as at Birmingham Airport, its Jet2 with thirty plus scheduled flights, some 10 plus more than Birmingham Airport. Birmingham Airport has got a lot of catching up Luton Airport to even match, which I doubt it will.
Sorry to see jobs go. Very sorry. Unfortunately the one sector that will.come out of this worse than any is aviation.
I said to.family at the start of this that travel spread this disease and people will be more cautious about travel. That coupled with a new way of working online and meeting on line, the business class sector may be gone for many many years which has been the backbone of the industry for many 'flag carriers'
It is so sad to say but the golden age has gone. It may be 10 years plus before the world travel industry is anywhere near what it was. No airport is exempt and immune. They will all have to adapt. At least brum had not embarked on a multi hundred million expansion programme. We scoffed at 18 mmpa master plan, but by heck did Team Barton know what was coming? 18 mmpa will be amazing by 2030.
The reality is coming thick and very very fast. the Airbus decision today is the big one. If manufacturers don't build aircraft it is because there is no confidence from the airlines.
I wish all those who lose jobs the very best in finding a new one. My hopes are with them.
I wish this was not the case. For once it is nothing the BHX management can do. Ditto every single airport in the world.
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