Jet2 to press ahead with pilot job cuts, union says

More than 100 pilots are to be made redundant at Jet2 after the airline rejected alternative proposals, a union has said.

In June, the British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa) union said the Leeds-based carrier was proposing cutting 102 pilot jobs after flights were grounded due to the coronavirus pandemic.

On Saturday, the union said Jet2 was pressing ahead with the cuts despite a range of alternative options put forward by Balpa.

Several other airlines have announced job cuts after a collapse in demand caused by the pandemic, including British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair.

Balpa general secretary Brian Strutton 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.

“This will be a particular kick in the teeth as 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 quarantines on travellers from various holiday destinations.

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.”

Jet2 has been contacted for comment.