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1200 Gatwick based jobs in question as Norwegian cancels agreements and files bankruptcy in Scandinavia

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Around 1200 cabin crew and pilots jobs are now in question after the airline Norwegian cancelled agreements with its crew suppliers.

The airline does not employ their cabin crew and pilots directly but uses a third party supplier OSM Aviation.

The cancellation of the agreements means that Gatwick based staff employed by the suppliers will now no longer be working for Norwegian but it also does not mean they have lost their jobs.

This is because it is now up to the supplier to decide what action to take, such as furloughing.

Norwegian have made it clear that the turn of events leading up to this has been very difficult for them, as it has all other airlines.

Today, Monday 20th April, the airline also filed for bankruptcy across four of its companies in Scandinavia:

Norwegian Pilot Services Sweden AB

Norwegian Pilot Services Denmark ApS

Norwegian Cabin Services Denmark ApS

Norwegian Air Resources Denmark LH ApS

This has mean that 1,571 pilots and 3,134 crew are affected leaving only 700 pilots and 1,300 cabin crew based in Norway, France and Italy unaffected.

CEO of Norwegian, Jacob Schram said:

“The impact the Coronavirus has had on the airline industry is unprecedented. We have done everything we can to avoid making this last-resort decision and we have asked for access to government support in both Sweden and Denmark.”

“Our pilots and cabin crew are the core of our business and they have done a fantastic job for many years. It is heart-breaking that our Swedish and Danish pilot and cabin crew subsidiaries now are forced to file for bankruptcy, and I’m truly sorry for the consequences this will have for our colleagues.

We are working around the clock to get through this crisis and to return as a stronger Norwegian with the goal of bringing as many colleagues back in the air as possible.”

How Norwegian will operate once operations begin again is now what the industry will look at and the airline recruiting directly, rather than using a supplier, could be a route they will consider in the future.

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Crawley hairdressers, hotels, pubs and restaurants to reopen from 4th July as lockdown is eased

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The Prime Minister has made an announcement in the House Of Commons this afternoon where he announced further easing of the lockdown restrictions.

These included reducing the social distance rule of 2 metres to 1 metre.

In a move that will help and be appreciated by most people, hairdressers will also be allowed to reopen provided visors are worn.

From July 4th, two households of any size can meet both indoors and outside provided social distance rules are followed.

Pubs, restaurants, hotels, holiday house and campsites can also open from the 4th July.

Schools are also to be reopened from September with all children to return as normal.

But several sectors are still not allowed to open and include, indoor gyms, nightclubs, theatres and swimming pools to remain closed for the time being.

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