London City Airport has opened consultation with its staff over making 239 redundancies. This represents 35% of its employees.
The airport is only operating flights to 17 destinations at present. Frequencies to those destinations are also, in general, lower than they were historically.
As we covered here, London City has already suspended work on its new terminal. It has committed to completing construction on its new taxiway, stands, security area and baggage system, which is already well advanced.
Robert Sinclair, CEO of London City Airport, said in a statement:
“It is with huge regret that we are announcing this restructuring programme today and our thoughts are with all of our highly valued staff and their families.
“The aviation sector is in the throes of the biggest downturn it has ever experienced as a result of the pandemic. We have held off looking at job losses for as long as possible, but sadly we are not immune from the devasting impact of this virus.
“Our focus in the coming weeks is to help all staff through this exceptionally difficult period. We are committed to playing our part in rebuilding a stronger local and national economy once the worst of the downturn passes and believe that the difficult decisions we are taking now will enable the airport to bounce back in a better shape when growth returns.”