Published on : Tuesday, September 15, 2020
London City Airport recently announced it has decided to cut more than a third of its workforce amid the COVID-19 crisis and its harsh impact on the aviation sector. The airport has officially opened consultation with up to 239 staff in order to explore ways of reducing costs, including voluntary redundancy. It has also cut down all non-essential spending.
During the peak of the pandemic in the month of March, the airport suspended commercial flights 25th because of the sharp contraction in international travel. Though flights resumed on June 21, passenger numbers have remained well below 2019 levels and is expected to continue in a similar way during the upcoming winter season. At present the airport has flights scheduled to 17 destinations.
Last month the airport also announced a temporary pause of its £500 million development programme, including a new terminal extension. Major projects already underway will be completed as planned by the end of this year, providing increased capacity for when demand returns.
Robert Sinclair, Chief Executive, London City Airport said in a statement that the airport has decided to undertake the restructuring programme with huge regret and mentioned that its thoughts are with all of the highly valued staff and their families. He shared that the aviation sector is in the throes of the biggest downturn it has ever experienced as a result of the pandemic. He mentioned that the airport has held off looking at job losses for as long as possible, but unfortunately they are not immune from the devastating impact of the coronavirus crisis.