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Swissport to slash UK workforce

[ June 24, 2020   //   ]

Airport handling company Swissport says it will cut 4,556 jobs in the UK – over half its 8,500-strong workforce – blaming the effects of the corona crisis. The company emplys cargo handlers as well as staff dealing with passenger bagge and check-in.

Chief executive Jason Holt said the drastic measure would be needed if the company was to survive. In a message to the company’s staff, he said that the crisis facing the airline industry was worse than any seen before, surpassing the Ash Cloud, 9/11 or the financial crisis.

Significant changes were taking place to travel and the way goods move around the world, he warned and that the industry was now smaller, and would remain so for some time to come.

Swissport handles cargo at 13 UK airports including London Heathrow and Stansted, Manchester and East Midlands, plus Dublin, Shannon and Cork in Ireland.