THE Unite union has described Birmingham Airport plans to shed up to 250 jobs as ‘premature’.
Birmingham Airport is a mere 30 minute drive from Redditch and is the town’s main air hub for holidays overseas.
Airport chief executive Nick Barton said that due to Covid-19 they were looking at a 90 per cent drop in passenger numbers for this financial year compared to 2019-20 and that the loss in income was unsustainable.
If the job losses go through it will affect on 27 per cent of the hub’s workforce.
Unite regional officer Peter Coulson said: “Unite will begin formal consultations with Birmingham Airport early next week.
“The challenges being faced at Birmingham Airport demonstrate why it is imperative the government hesitates no longer in providing specific support for aviation.
It is the sector which has been most severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“While Unite understands the unprecedented challenges facing the aviation sector as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, this decision is premature.
“The government’s job retention scheme continues until October and with air bridges potentially opening the situation in the autumn may look very different.
“Our call to the airport is put the redundancy programme on hold.”