Jobs To Go As London City Airport Confirms Restructuring

September 15, 2020

London City Airport has announced plans to cut more than a third of its staff as the Covid-19 pandemic hits the airline industry.

The airport has formally launched consultations with up to 239 staff to explore ways of reducing costs, including voluntary redundancies.

The airport suspended commercial flights on March 25 at the height of the epidemic as international travel shrank sharply.

Flights resumed on June 21, but passenger numbers remain well below 2019 levels and this is expected to continue through the upcoming winter season.

London City Airport currently has flights scheduled to 17 destinations.

Robert Sinclair, chief executive of London City Airport, said.” It is with great regret that we are announcing this restructuring programme today and our thoughts are with all of our highly valued employees and their families.

“As a result of the outbreak, the aviation industry is in the midst of the largest recession in its history.

“We have put off consideration of redundancies for as long as possible, but unfortunately we are not immune to the devastating effects of this virus.”

The airport has already cut all non-essential spending.

Last month, it also announced a temporary suspension of the airport’s £500m development programme, including a new terminal extension.

Major projects already underway are on track to be completed by the end of the year, providing additional capacity when demand returns.

London City Airport has announced plans to lay off more than a third of its staff as the Covid-19 pandemic hits the aviation industry.

The airport has formally launched consultations with up to 239 staff to explore ways of reducing costs, including voluntary redundancies.

The airport suspended commercial flights on March 25 at the height of the epidemic as international travel shrank sharply.

Flights resumed on June 21, but passenger numbers remain well below 2019 levels and this is expected to continue through the upcoming winter season.

London City Airport currently has flights scheduled to 17 destinations.

Robert Sinclair, chief executive of London City Airport, said.” It is with great regret that we are announcing this restructuring programme today and our thoughts are with all of our highly valued employees and their families.

“As a result of the outbreak, the aviation industry is in the midst of the largest recession in its history.

“We have put off consideration of redundancies for as long as possible, but unfortunately we are not immune to the devastating effects of this virus.”

The airport has already cut all non-essential spending.

Last month, it also announced a temporary suspension of the airport’s £500m development programme, including a new terminal extension.

Major projects already underway are on track to be completed by the end of the year, providing additional capacity when demand resumes.