London City Airport to cut 239 jobs in 'crucial restructuring plan' due to coronavirus

LONDON City Airport has announced plans to cut up to 239 jobs.

The city-based airport said the move comes as part of "crucial restructuring plans" in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

The move would affect around 35% of London City's workforce.

It comes as the airport confirmed passenger numbers remain "well below" its 2019 levels, with lower footfall expected to continue into the winter months.

London City suspended flights on March 25, with it resuming trips almost three months later on June 21.

Staff who were unable to work during this time were paid through the government furlough scheme, with London City topping up wages to 100%.

The airport said it has already cut all non-essential spending, including putting a temporary pause on a £500million development programme last month.

The development programme included plans for a new terminal extension.

London City confirmed in its update today has a consultation process has been started with affected staff.

The airport currently has flights scheduled to 17 destinations.

Robert Sinclair, CEO of London City Airport, said: “It is with huge regret that we are announcing this restructuring programme today and our thoughts are with all of our highly valued staff and their families.

“The aviation sector is in the throes of the biggest downturn it has ever experienced as a result of the pandemic.

"We have held off looking at job losses for as long as possible, but sadly we are not immune from the devasting impact of this virus."

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