British airline Virgin Atlantic stated on Tuesday it deliberate to chop 3,150 jobs and would transfer its flying programme from London Gatwick to Heathrow airport because it counts the price of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The unfold of the novel coroanvirus has nearly introduced airports across the globe to a standstill, leaving airways taking drastic steps to make financial savings.
British Airways stated final week it may lower as many as 12,000 jobs, over 1 / 4 of its complete, and Virgin Atlantic Chief Government Shai Weiss stated the pandemic was essentially the most devastating occasion within the airline’s historical past.
“To safeguard our future and emerge a sustainably worthwhile enterprise, now’s the time for additional motion to cut back our prices, protect money and to guard as many roles as doable,” Weiss stated in an announcement.
“It’s essential that we return to profitability in 2021. This can imply taking steps to reshape and resize Virgin Atlantic in step with demand.”
Virgin Atlantic stated it continued to discover all out there choices to get additional funding by means of talks with the federal government and different stakeholders about doable assist for the airline.
The British Airline Pilots Affiliation (BALPA) stated it was a horrible blow for the trade, and urged the federal government to cease “prevaricating” and assist the aviation sector.
“Authorities ought to name a moratorium on job losses in aviation and lead a deliberate restoration,” BALPA Basic Secretary Brian Strutton stated.
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