Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Belfast
Transportation / Storage
Warehousing And Support Activities For Transportation, Postal And Courier Activities
Warehousing And Support Activities For Transportation
52.23 - Service activities incidental to air transportation

291 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
11 March 2020
Employment effect (start)
12 March 2020
Foreseen end date


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.



Eurofound (2020), Swissport UK, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 100115, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/100115.