Published on : Wednesday, April 1, 2020
The holiday giant and the biggest holiday provider in the United Kingdom, TUI U.K. has decided to lay-off around 11,000 staff starting today. The move will also include nearly 4,500 retail agents. The company mentioned in a statement that approximately 4,455 travel agency employees and around 99% of shop staff will be sent back home.
The decision has been undertaken due to the closure of TUI’s high-street network. The closure comes in light of the coronavirus pandemic and the government lockdown as a measure against the COVID-19 spread. The COVID-19 crisis had a harsh impact on the tourism industry across the globe.
Andrew Flintham, Managing Director, TUI U.K. & Ireland, said in a recent press statement that the travel industry is facing unprecedented pressure due to coronavirus outbreak. He mentions that the company will continue to prioritize its customers above everything. He expressed that when customers are ready to holiday with TUI again, they want to be in the best position to deliver a wide range of destinations and experiences like they do at present.
He further added that it is therefore essential that TUI make these difficult cost decisions. He also said that the company even wants to look after its colleagues in a time of unprecedented uncertainty. He concluded by mentioning that TUI is an incredible business and it looks forward to taking people on holiday after he trying times are over.
The total number of TUI employees in the U.K. amounts to a total of 13,200 employees. The remaining 6,545 staff that faced lay-off is from cabin crew, pilots, and staff in retail and head office functions.
TUI has been working through all available options, particularly paying staff through the government job retention scheme. Earlier this week, parent company TUI AG secured a €1.8 billion loan from the German government following a suspension of major travel operations.