Jardine calls for assurances over Swissport Edinburgh jobs

Christine Jardine MP has called for assurances over the future of jobs at Edinburgh Airport after the cargo handling company Swissport announced plans for major redundancies.

Swissport Western Europe, whose HQ is at the airport, today announced more than four thousand redundancies with several hundred jobs in Edinburgh believed to be at risk.

It has come just weeks after British Airways announced up to 12,000 redundancies across the UK.

Ms Jardine said:

“I am extremely disappointed for all those affected and have spoken to both the company and the government about the issue.

“This is yet a further blow to the aviation industry in Edinburgh and to the local economy.

"Edinburgh Airport is the biggest in Scotland, and many people who live and work in the city are reliant on the services provided by both of these firms.

“Given the current global pandemic, alongside the firm’s importance to businesses and communities across Edinburgh these cuts will further damage an already fragile industry.

“I have spoken to Swissport to highlight my concerns and look for alternative solutions and will continue to press for as much support as possible for everyone affected by this crisis.”

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