Blow for jobs

Edinburgh Airport axes third of workforce

Edinburgh Airport

Passenger numbers have slumped (pic: Terry Murden)

Edinburgh Airport is cutting a third of its workforce – 250 staff – as it struggles with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

All areas of the business including frontline staff, management and support functions will be affected.

A consultancy period will begin today, with effected staff to leave the business on 31 October.

The airport said that continued uncertainty around the recovery of the sector and the closure of the furlough scheme had led to today’s decision.

Gordon Dewar, chief executive, said: “This is a bitterly sad day for the airport and for those colleagues who are losing their jobs through no fault of their own but due to the impact of this dreadful pandemic.

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“We have worked with unions and staff over the past four months to protect as many jobs as possible, but unfortunately we have to confirm this regrettable news as the business prepares for whatever comes next. 

“Last year we welcomed a record 14.7 million people through our doors. This year we will be lucky to see a third of that and next year won’t be anywhere near where we have previously estimated so the business has to right size to be in a position to survive and recover when it can.” 

The airport has used the UK Government’s Job Retention Scheme but the immiment closure of the scheme and uncertain recovery of aviation means jobs will still be lost.

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