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Airport jobs fear as flights are cut

AROUND 60 jobs at Birmingham International Airport are under threat after budget airline Ryanair announced a cut back on flights.

AROUND 60 jobs at Birmingham International Airport are under threat after budget airline Ryanair announced a cut back on flights.

Employer Servisair wants to slash the number of jobs at the airport by almost a quarter. This puts scores of baggage handlers and check-in staff at risk.

Unions have opened talks with the ground services firm in the hope of reducing the impact of the cull.

John Partridge, regional Unite official, said: “This is mainly caused by reductions in Ryanair flights. They have looked at the programme for the winter and it is over 100 flights less than it is now. People are not going to be happy, although they can see the rationale of what is happening.

“We will be having further discussions with Servisair over the next few weeks to try to minimise the number of people who will lose their jobs.”

Among those who could be affected are the extra staff who were taken on to cope with demand during the busier summer months.

The firm - which employs around 250 people at the airport - said that it was hoping to limit the job cuts by a voluntary redundancy process. There is also talk of moving some staff to other airports.

 

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