The aerospace and aviation industries have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Just weeks after Airbus confirmed 295 job losses in Filton, Bristol and revealed plans for 1,700 redundancies, Bristol Airport, which directly employs 400 people, revealed that it has been struggling to recover from coronavirus lockdown.
Around 76 direct Bristol Airport employees could lose their jobs, nearly a quarter of the workforce.
A Bristol Airport supplier, Swissport has also announced 167 job cuts at the airport.
Swissport provides airport ground and cargo handling services at Bristol Airport. However, with aeroplanes on the ground during the lockdown and reduced demand this month, the need for baggage handlers and other Swissport staff has been nearly non-existent.
The Unite workers union announced that it’s discussing the redundancies with the airport’s management staff, as well as Swissport, to see if the number of redundancies can be reduced.
Despite a halt in wages and a major decrease in other capital costs, Bristol Airport announced that they are expecting significant financial losses this year.
The airport would typically see more than 27,000 passengers per day. However, when the airport reopened nearly a fortnight ago, only 2,000 passengers checked in.
It is with much regret that we are having to make the announcement which will impact on our people during this difficult period, however we need to ensure that we are making the right decisions to protect the future outlook of the airport.
It is imperative we take appropriate action to ensure the airport is best placed to recover and thrive in the longer term, and serve our region whilst protecting the majority of jobs and the people who will play a key role in our future.Dave Lees, CEO, Bristol Airport
Amid the bad news, TUI has announced that they will be restarting flights from Bristol Airport to Spain and Greece from 25th July.
Routes offered by TUI from Bristol will include Menorca, Malaga, Alicante, Reus, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Zakynthos.
Before travelling, it is recommended that you read the airport’s guidance about health and safety during the pandemic.
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