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BALPA response to news of proposed downsizing by Norwegian at London Gatwick

BALPA General Secretary Brian Strutton said:

“This news is devastating for those affected and BALPA will do everything within its power to support its members, to avoid compulsory redundancies, reduce the number of employees to be dismissed and mitigate the consequences of any dismissals.

“These latest proposed job losses are yet more evidence of the devastating effect COVID-19 is having on global aviation. If the Government fails to act to support the sector, we will see more job losses as airlines are decimated.

“The Government promised weeks ago that it would look urgently at measures like Airport COVID-19 testing to help retore passenger confidence, but we are still to see any action in this area. The Government has let down the industry, its employees and the travelling public in this regard. UK aviation is in a death spiral and this is a disaster for the whole economy.