Jet2 to make more than 100 pilots redundant as talks to save jobs fail.
MORE than 100 pilots are to be made redundant at Jet2 as talks aimed at saving their jobs failed.
The cuts come despite alternative proposals put forward by the British Airline Pilots Association.
Balpa general secretary Brian Strutton confirmed that 102 Jet2 pilots face redundancy.
He said: “This announcement is yet another which shows the desperate state of the British aviation sector”.
“Despite enormous efforts to work with Jet2 to find ways of saving these jobs, the airline is insisting on 102 redundancies.”
He added: “This will be a particular kick in the teeth.
“Many of those who may lose their jobs have recently joined the airline after having been dismissed from Thomas Cook which went into administration last year.”
Mr Strutton called for support for the industry which has also been affected by the implementation of traveller’s quarantines .
He said: “The Government has a significant role to play in supporting the vital British aviation industry”.
“Its quarantine changes keep throwing every restart plan into chaos”.
“If these quarantines are really needed, the Government must stump up the support to help the airline industry which is doing its best to get back on track but keeps being knocked back at every juncture.”
Leeds based Jet-2 was quoted saying : “We are greatly distressed and deeply regret these redundancies.”
The union said Jet2 was pressing ahead with the cuts despite a range of alternative options put forward by BALPA.
“Despite enormous efforts to work with Jet2 to find ways of saving these jobs, the airline is insisting on 102 redundancies. Which is unfortunate after the majority of foreign border’s closed for traveller’s , jobs in the aviation sector have dropped drastically due to COVID-19 and its affects are global.