Job woes for City Airport
MANAGEMENT AT London/ City Airport has shown a restructuring program which includes the loss of up to 239 jobs across the organisation. The move will result in the East London facility cutting around 35 percent of its workforce — or 239 people — in a bid to mitigate the business in the surface of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A period of consultation has opened with staff to research ways of reducing expenses, including voluntary redundancy. The projected job losses are put to affect all areas of the business enterprise. Robert Sinclair, CEO of London City Airport,remarked:”The aviation sector is in the throes of their biggest downturn it has experienced as a result of the pandemic. We’ve held off looking at job reductions for as long as you can, but sadly we are not immune from the devasting effect of this virus…
“We are committed to playing our role in rebuilding a more powerful local and domestic economy once the worst of the downturn passes and believe that the difficult decisions we’re taking now will enable the airport to dip back into a better shape when growth yields.” It says passenger numbers have since remained well below 2019 levels and that this is expected to continue during summer time.
The airport has already cut non-essential spending. Elsewhere, management in the London gateway confirmed that a temporary pause to the airport #500m development programme, which includes a new terminal extension, was executed.
Major projects including the new taxiway, parking stands, security area and baggage system,that are already underway, will be completed as planned by the end of this calendar year, providing increased potential for if demand returns.