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Gatwick to cut 600 jobs as it struggles with ‘devastating impact of Covid-19’

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Gatwick Airport is the latest casualty of the coronavirus-ravaged economy.

Staff members have today been told there will be 600 job losses at the London airport as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The mass redundancy amounts to nearly a quarter of the airport's entire work force.

Officials say the pandemic has had a "dramatic" impact on passenger numbers, which have been down by 80% this month.

Compared to this time last year, Gatwick is operating at around 20% of its capacity, and more than 75% of its staff remain furloughed.

Gatwick Airport, Chief Executive Officer, Stewart Wingate said: "If anyone is in any doubt about the devastating impact COVID-19 has had on the aviation and travel industry then today's news we have shared with our staff, regarding the proposed job losses, is a stark reminder.

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"We are in ongoing talks with Government to see what sector specific support can be put in place for the industry at this time, alongside mechanisms which will give our passengers greater certainty on where and when they can safely travel abroad.

"This support will not only help Gatwick but the wider regional economy which relies on the airport.

"I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our staff, those who have worked tirelessly to keep Gatwick open throughout the pandemic and those who have had to remain on furlough, for their dedicated tenacity, professionalism and team spirit.

"We will continue to do all we can to preserve as many jobs as possible.

"Gatwick will recover from this pandemic and we will emerge from the restructuring we are proposing a fitter and stronger organisation which is best placed to offer our passengers and our airlines a modern and innovative airport, ready for growth."

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