The British Airline Pilots’ Association (Balpa) has warned of a “death spiral” in British aviation as the latest round of job cuts were looming.
Pilots warn that UK Aviation is in a “death spiral”: They said that it would be a “disaster for the whole economy” if airlines and airports go on a decline. Up to 259 jobs could be lost at Gatwick Airport. As Norwegian Air consult with their pilots and cabin staff over reducing it’s current presence there. This would mean that nearly a quarter of the Gatwick workforce would go. Mainly affecting short haul crews.
Brian Strutton, Balpa’s general secretary said that the news is devastating for everyone concerned. He went on to say that “Balpa will do everything within its power to support its members. To avoid compulsory redundancies, reduce the number of employees to be dismissed and mitigate the consequences of any dismissals. If the government fails to act to support the sector, we will see more job losses as airlines are decimated.
The government has let down the industry, its employees and the travelling public. UK aviation is in a death spiral and this is a disaster for the whole economy”. A spokesperson for Norwegian Air said in a statement that the pandemic continues to badly affect our business. And that the crisis is far from over. He went on to say that due to the prolonged crisis the company is now reviewing it’s base at London Gatwick. In line with the needs of it’s business and associated costs to carry on and move forward. He finished off by saying that the company is in talks with all it’s staff involved there. And are looking to find solutions and mitigate redundancies.
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