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Virgin Atlantic to cut 3,000 jobs and will end its operation at Gatwick airport

Virgin Atlantic to cut 3,000 jobs and will end its operation at Gatwick airport

Author: Wardah Sempa | Tuesday 5th May 2020

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Many airlines have been struggling as the coronavirus pandemic has brought global travel to a virtual standstill. Virgin Atlantic have announced that they will cut about 3,000 jobs in the UK and will end its operation at Gatwick airport.

Trade unions and staff were briefed on the redundancies on Tuesday lunchtime ahead of the official announcement.

The union's general secretary, Brian Strutton, said: "Our members and all staff in Virgin Atlantic will be shocked by the scale of this bombshell. We will be challenging Virgin very hard to justify this."

Virgin Atlantic also reportedly said its plan were designed to "reshape and resize (the) business to ensure that is it fit for the future, in response to the severe impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the global economy, our nation and the travel and aviation industry"