More job losses have been reported at Gatwick through one of their ground handling firms.
dnata, who operate staff at Gatwick and at Heathrow confirmed the news that they were having to resize their operation.
In a statement the firm said that COVID-19 had caused ‘unprecedented disruption’ with ‘unpredictable demand’.
Sources close to the firm said that up to 80 positions at Gatwick had been lost with even more to go at Heathrow, although ndata had not confirmed the figures at time of publication.
dnata offer a range of airport service from ramp work including baggage handling and aircraft moving through to customer services.
A dnata spokesperson said:
“The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented disruption to global trade and industry and has devastated the aviation and travel sectors. The situation remains very fluid with unpredictable demand, schedule and capacity changes becoming the norm.
Considering this operating environment, and like so many other organisations that have been impacted, we’ve had to take steps to right size our business and ensure it is fit for purpose.
We have conducted thorough manpower assessments and have made very difficult, but necessary decisions to let some of our people go.
We will strictly comply with all relevant regulations and provide all possible support to affected employees throughout the redundancy process.”
Gatwick Airport to receive £8 million Government grant to protect local jobs and bounce back after coronavirus
Crawley’s MP Henry Smith has welcomed an announcement from Transport Secretary Grant Shapps that Gatwick Airport is now able to apply for a Government grant worth up to £8 million per business, helping to protect jobs and the local economy in Crawley.
The Airport and Ground Operators Support Scheme, which opened on Friday 29th January, will help Gatwick (and other commercial airports across England) to cover losses on costs caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, including airfield operations, contracted services such as airfield and runway maintenance, and business rate bills.
Airports and ground handlers can apply to the scheme on GOV.UK, and if successful, should receive their funding by the end of the financial year.
The financial support scheme, which follows the Government’s extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention (furlough) Scheme, is open for applications until 21st February 2021.
This investment will help support Gatwick Airport following the introduction of international travel restrictions designed to protect public health and prevent the spread of Covid-19 as the Government continues to roll out its world-leading vaccination programme.
“I’m pleased that Gatwick Airport will receive up to £8 million to help it protect jobs during these challenging times.
“This funding offers vital support for Gatwick Airport – which supports so many jobs and businesses in Crawley.
“The Government has provided unprecedented levels of support to protect jobs and businesses through the pandemic, and this latest support will be hugely important for helping Crawley to build back better after coronavirus.
“As Crawley MP and Chair of the Future of Aviation All-Party Parliamentary Group I’ve continued to urge Government to ensure support for the industry and this will remain my call to ministers.”
The Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, commented;
“A thriving aviation industry has been central to the success of this country and while we recognise the testing conditions airports are currently facing as a result of the pandemic, I believe that the sector will be ready to bounce back once restrictions are lifted.
“Today’s scheme is another step in the right direction, providing vital support for an industry that is raring to get back to business, once it is safe to do so.”