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The airport ground handling company Swissport has the intention to cut more than 4,500 jobs in the united KINGDOM as a professional body warned of 20 000 UK jobs could be lost in a sector hit hard by the sars coronavirus pandemic.Swissport, which manages the services of passengers, baggage and cargo for airlines, on Wednesday began a process of consultation that should result in 4,556 workers, more than half of its 8,500-strong UK workforce.

Swissport was already under pressure at the beginning of the crisis, the collapse of the regional airline Flybe put the small airports in the united KINGDOM at risk. However, the grounding for the vast majority of flights from UK lock started has virtually eliminated the income for many airlines and their suppliers.

The Airport Operators Association (AOA), which represents more than 50 airports, on Wednesday, said that up to 20,000 jobs at risk across UK airports because of the persistence of lowering the number of passengers.

Some of Swissport largest operations include services to London Gatwick and Heathrow, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow, alongside a host of regional airports.

The company declined to give details of where job losses in the fall. Swissport has employed about 64,000 workers at the global level before the crisis.

In a note to staff, Jason Holt, chief executive officer of Swissport Western Europe, said the cuts were necessary to “ensure the supply of financing from lenders and investors”.

Swissport UK, revenue decreased by 75% in May, Holt has written. Swissport is the experience of “the most difficult moments in the history of our company”, he added.

The latest layoffs will increase pressure on the government to support the aviation and aerospace, with tens of thousands of job losses already underway. The airlines British Airways and Virgin Atlantic plan aimed at cutting 12 000 and 3 000 jobs, respectively, and the jet engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce is making 9000 people redundant due to the collapse in demand for new engines and the associated maintenance.

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The government of the coronavirus job retention plan is understood to have paid the salary of 59 000 furloughed workers in the aviation industry, but the planned end to the plan at the end of the month of October has prompted many companies to begin to make the dismissal of workers, given that the volume of production in certain sectors of activity are not expected to recover to 2019 levels for years.

Before making the cuts Swissport has directly put pressure on the government to support the sector, alongside the airlines and airports. Their focus was on the removal of 14 days of quarantine restrictions on the UK arrived, which provoked the fury of the aviation boss, who said it would cost jobs.

Karen Dee, the agreement on agriculture to the chief executive officer, said: “Commercial aviation in the united KINGDOM has gone through the worst three months in its history, and which is now presented with a arbitrary of the quarantine, which has unnecessarily stifled the sector of the restart and recovery plans.”

However, the specific demands of the bailouts for the airlines have faced opposition due to concerns about the viability of some of the companies that have asked for help, as well as defenders of the environment ” requires that the emission reductions a priority, as well as the maintenance of employment. The French government is €7 (£6.3 billion) rescue of Air France in special conditions to reduce by half the carbon dioxide emissions per passenger.

The agreement on agriculture, said he thought that the number of job losses caused by the recession could be as high as 100 000, if indirectly, contributed to employment have been considered.

Nadine Houghton, an agent of the national police general directorate, said Swissport is the reduction of the “terrible news”, which would particularly hit the economies of the region.

“With Swissport is now considering job cuts on this scale, we have serious concerns about the viability of many of our regional airports and the benefits of regional connectivity that they bring,” she said.

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