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Norwegian Air redundancies are yet more devastating news for the air transport industry

BALPA has been advised that Norwegian Air plans to close its long-haul operation and focus on its short-haul network based in the Nordics, and that its UK-based pilots will be made redundant. Around 300 pilots and more than 1,000 staff in total will be affected.

Brian Strutton, BALPA General Secretary, said:

“This news will be personally devastating for all Gatwick-based crew.

“The airline has struggled in the face of the ongoing Covid crisis, despite the combined efforts of all the company’s recognised trade unions, who have worked tirelessly to remain flexible and accommodating. The airline has failed for several reasons but there can be no blame apportioned to the pilot, crew or other staff groups.

“This is further evidence that the jobs death spiral I’ve been highlighting for months sadly continues.

“Make no mistake – aviation remains in serious crisis.”