Gatwick Airport plans to cut 600 jobs due to coronavirus

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The number of passengers fell by 80% this summer


Gatwick Airport has revealed plans to cut staff by a quarter due to the impact of the coronavirus.

About 600 jobs could be lost following an 80% reduction in the number of passengers.

The airport is operating at around 20% of its usual capacity for August, with only the north terminal open.

Chief Executive Officer Stewart Wingate said the cuts were the result of the coronavirus’ “devastating impacts” on the airline and travel industries.

In March, the airport announced 200 jobs would be lost and subsequently took out a £ 300million bank loan.

With the collapse in passenger numbers, the company said it was looking to cut costs further.

About 75% of staff are currently on the government’s leave program, which is due to end in October.

“The proposed organizational overhaul will reshape the business so that it is best positioned to respond quickly to future growth,” said airport bosses.

Employees will be formally consulted on restructuring plans before losing any jobs.

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