Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Jet2 to shed staff as it reduces flight schedules and holidays this year and next!

The UK's premier package holiday company and airline Jet2 is going to dramatically reassess and reduce its flying and holiday schedules for this year and next, because of the coronavirus COVID-19  crisis the holiday company revealed on Wednesday.

The firm had also been planning to restart its holiday and flight programme on 1st July,  however, the firm has decided to put that back for at least two weeks.  "In view of the ongoing travel restrictions that are in place as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have taken the decision to recommence our flights and holidays programme on July 15th," Jet2 said in a statement.

It is unclear exactly how many jobs will go at the airline and holiday firm following the reassessment of the travel programme, but according to the UK's premier travel agents newspaper the TTG, Balpa - the pilots union has said Jet2 have told them it is looking to axe 102 pilot positions.

"Sadly, the overall effect of these reductions has been the need to propose a number of colleague redundancies across our business," Jet2 said in a statement,  adding  “We cannot say how much we regret these proposed redundancies and we will be consulting with appropriate representatives of the affected colleagues in order to ensure that all options and issues are fully considered."

The Jet2 statement continued "Whilst we have every confidence that we will bounce back from the unprecedented demands currently placed on the company, we sadly do have to make difficult decisions in the current climate."

Jet2's marketing team deserve an award for the amount of high-quality direct marketing emails they have been sending during the whole lockdown period in the UK.  One a day,  sometimes two, which have often had an element of mystery included and were more entertaining that many sent out during this unexpected off or quiet season. However,  no matter how good the marketing is,  people still have to want to travel and like many holiday companies, Jet2 hasn't seen a massive uptake of advance bookings, to a level that can provide confidence in beable able to offer a full or nearly full schedule for the foreseeable future.

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