Norwegian is considering laying off staff at its base at Gatwick Airport

12/10/2020

Norwegian Air is considering laying off staff at its base at Gatwick Airport, a spokesman said on Friday

The struggling budget airline steps up its cost-cutting drive to survive the industry’s worst crisis.

The move could affect 259 cabin crew and pilots, just under a quarter of the 1,142 staff at Britain’s second-busiest airport, the spokesman said as the airline started a 45-day consultation period with staff and unions.

“These unprecedented circumstances that we now find ourselves in require us to review the London Gatwick crew base in line with current business needs and the associated costs going forward,” the company said in a statement.

Norwegian furloughed or laid off about 7,300 staff, roughly 90% of its employees, after the COVID-19 outbreak, but brought some back when limited flights resumed in the summer.

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