EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh Airport

Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom
Region: Edinburgh, City of; Eastern Scotland; Scotland
Location of affected unit(s): Edinburgh


Sector: Transportation / storage
Transportation and storage
52.23 - Service activities incidental to air transportation
Number Employed: 750

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 19-03-2020
Planned Job Reductions min: 250
Planned Job Reductions max: 250
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 19-03-2020
Foreseen End Date: 31-10-2020

Additional Information

Edinburgh Airport has announced that it has started a consultation with employees about job cuts in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The CEO said that the consolidation plan to protect the business includes cutting 100 jobs and offering unpaid leave to staff. However, representatives of Unite the Union said that there could be 248 redundancies, in addition to the 120 Swissport jobs and Menzies Aviation jobs at risk at the airport.

A regional officer of Unite said that the Airport’s proposal for job and pay cuts would have catastrophic impact on employees.

Edinburgh Airport is Scotland’s busiest airport, normally serving over 14 million passengers a year. It is owned by the US-based investor, Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP).


Update 31/07/2020

Edinburgh Airport has announced that it will cut 250 jobs, a third of its workforce by the end of October. The job cuts will affect all  areas of the business, from management to frontline staff and include both compulsory and voluntary redundancies.