Nearly 250 redundancies at Bristol airport will open a ‘huge economic hole’ in the region, Unite, the UK’s aviation union, said today (Friday 10 July). 

Bristol airport has begun consultation with Unite over making 76 directly employed staff redundant, while Swissport has also announced 167 job losses at the airport. A smaller number of redundancies at other firms are also expected to be announced in the coming days. 

In May, Unite warned that a downturn in work at the airport would seriously harm the economies of Wales and the South West.

Bristol airport generates £1.3 billion per annum for South Wales and the South West of England and supports around 15,000 jobs.

Unite regional officer Tim Morris said: “The redundancies announced by Bristol Airport and Swissport are devastating for our members and the local area. 

“Unite is clear that any job losses can and should be delayed until the situation becomes clearer. If they go ahead a huge economic hole will open in the region that could take decades to recover. 

“Bristol airport plays a crucial role in South Wales and the South West of England, contributing £1.3 billion a year to their economies and supporting thousands of jobs.  

“After weeks of warnings by Unite and employers, the government must now stop prevaricating and provide a sector-specific support package for airports and the aviation industry.”

Unite has produced a blueprint for government intervention across the entire aviation sector. Loans to businesses would come with strict strings attached regarding executive pay and corporate governance and would require stringent environmental standards to be adopted to radically reduce the industry’s carbon footprint.

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Notes to editors:

Bristol airport success vital to region’s economy as thousands of aviation jobs hang by a thread

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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.