EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Swissport UK

Swissport UK

Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s): Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Belfast


Sector: Transportation / storage
Transportation and storage
52.23 - Service activities incidental to air transportation
Number Employed: 8200
Group: Swissport Group

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 11-03-2020
Planned Job Reductions min: 291
Planned Job Reductions max: 291
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 12-03-2020
Direct Dismissals: 291

Additional Information

Swissport UK, the cargo and baggage handling firm has announced that it had started a thirty-day redundancy consultation with its employees in the wake of the collapse of Flybe and the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Unite the Union, the job cuts will affect 195 employees in three locations in Scotland, at Edinburgh (120 jobs cut), Aberdeen (36 jobs cut), Glasgow (39 jobs cut) Airports and 95 employees at Belfast City Airport in Northern Ireland. Staff in Belfast was initially told to take two weeks of unpaid leave before the consultation about compulsory redundancies was announced.

A spokesperson for Swissport said that their priority was to support the affected workers.

A representative of Unite said that the redundancy consultation was ‘premature’ because many of Flybe’s former routes would be operated by other airlines.  

Swissport UK is a subsidiary of the Switzerland-based global company, Swissport International, the largest provider of ground handling services.