London City Airport to cut up to 239 jobs

The East London facility has announced a restructuring plan which includes the loss of up to 239 roles across the organisation

London City Airport is to cut 35% of its workforce – or up to 239 roles – in a bid to restructure the business in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The airport has officially opened a consultation with staff to explore ways of reducing costs, including voluntary redundancy. The proposed job losses are set to affect all parts of the organisation.

“It is with huge regret that we are announcing this restructuring programme today and our thoughts are with all of our highly valued staff and their families…We have held off looking at job losses for as long as possible, but sadly we are not immune from the devasting impact of this virus.”

London City Airport currently has flights to 17 destinations. London City Airport

The East London facility suspended flights at the height of the pandemic on March 25 and resumed on June 21. It says passenger numbers have since remained well below 2019 levels and that this is expected to continue during the winter season.

The airport has already cut all non-essential spending. Last month it also announced a temporary pause to the airport’s £500m development programme, including a new terminal extension.

Major projects including the new taxiway, parking stands, security area and baggage system, which are already underway, will be completed as planned by the end of this year, providing increased capacity for when demand returns.