CodeGen
http://admin.travelmole.com/images/stories/2009/images/edinburghairport.jpg

Published on Friday, July 31, 2020

'Bitterly sad day' as Edinburgh Airport announces job losses






Edinburgh Airport is to cut a third of its 750-strong workforce.


Chief Executive Gordon Dewar said it was a 'bitterly sad day', adding staff were losing their jobs 'through no fault of their own'.


Jobs will go across all areas, including frontline staff, management and support functions. The restructuring includes compulsory and voluntary redundancies across the business.


The airport consulted with staff and unions and its proposals on terms of redundancy were supported by more than 90% of people who took part in the ballot.


Staff will begin to receive letters as of 1 August and will leave the business on 31 October 


Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport said: "This is a bitterly sad day for the airport and for those colleagues who are losing their jobs through no fault of their own but due to the impact of this dreadful pandemic. 


"We have worked with unions and staff over the past four months to protect as many jobs as possible, but unfortunately we have to confirm this regrettable news as the business prepares for whatever comes next.  


"Last year we welcomed a record 14.7 million people through our doors. This year we will be lucky to see a third of that and next year won't be anywhere near where we have previously estimated so the business has to right size to be in a position to survive and recover when it can." 


The airport has used the UK Government's Job Retention Scheme over the past few months as it has carefully considered the best approach to its recovery. It has helped to retain jobs, but the upcoming closure of the scheme and uncertain recovery of aviation means jobs will still be lost. 


Dewar added: "The furlough scheme has undoubtedly helped us to retain jobs and we are grateful for the UK Government's support, as well as that of the Scottish Government through things like rates relief. Despite this, we continued to burn around £3.5 million a month as passenger numbers dropped dramatically and airlines drastically scaled back operations. It will be a very long road to recovery, and we cannot successfully make that journey while we are set up as a 15 million passenger airport. 


"Aviation was one of the industries to be hit first and unfortunately will be one of the last to fully recover, so job losses have been unavoidable. The situation has been exacerbated by the introduction of an ill-thought out and unworkable blanket quarantine policy which has massively impacted on passenger numbers.  


"Aviation jobs rely on passengers and flights. That has been lost in this argument and despite us working with unions to make the case for directed support, we are still waiting to find out what will be done to preserve these jobs which are crucial to any industry and economic recovery. 


"Throughout the consultation we have striven to be fair, compassionate and seek an outcome that protects as many people as possible.  


"We bitterly regret this necessity and all of our talented colleagues departing the business leave with our very best wishes. They are an incredibly talented workforce who have served Edinburgh Airport fantastically well and we will do what we can to help them find other employment. We are sorry to see them go."


Unite regional officer Sandy Smart said: "The entire civil aviation sector has been impacted by the pandemic and we are genuinely worried about the sector in Scotland once the government support through Job Retention Scheme is reduced. We have been calling on Westminster and Holyrood parliaments to put an aid package together to help Scotland's airports and we will continue to pursue this."

"Scotland needs its airports and the aviation industry is crucial in ensuring we remain connected globally."


By Lisa James, Deputy Editor (UK)
 

Story Image



Your Comments

, be the first to post a comment.
Your email:






Email other comments made to this story


NOTE: Comments are subject to admin approval before being posted.
Mole Poll
Are you worried about redundancy ?
YES 52.21 %
NO 47.79 %

Thank you for your vote



What is GoodtoGo?

Submit your news
or special offer


Current UK Special Edition



Current US Special Edition



Current Asia/Pacific Special Edition



LATEST 'MOLE VIDEOS

Recovery Update: Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos, & China , with Mekong Tourism (Aug 5 )

James Thornton CEO of Intrepid Travel talks exclusively to TravelMole

Pure Michigan is prepared, protected and open for business - Next step International arrivals

Travel Industry Virtual Wellness Day Video

UPCOMING EVENTS
\m