Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Scotland; South Western Scotland; East Ayrshire and North Ayrshire Mainland
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture For Transport Equipment
Manufacture Of Other Transport Equipment
30.30 - Manufacture of air and spacecraft and related machinery

183 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
30 June 2020
Employment effect (start)
16 August 2020
Foreseen end date


Spirit Aerosystems, the multinational aircraft manufacturer, has announced plans to cut 183 jobs in Prestwick, Scotland by the middle of August 2020. In order to individuate the 183 workers to be dismissed, the company is offering a voluntary redundancy scheme to its 1,100 employees at the site.

A spokesperson for the company said that the impact of COVID-19 on the aviation industry has reduced the demand for the company’s products and the job cuts are part of the cost saving plan.

Local politicians and representatives of the aviation and aerospace industries have called on the UK government to extend the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for employers in the aviation and aerospace sectors beyond October, because these sectors are expected to take recover slowly from the impact of the pandemic.

Spirit AeroSystems designs and builds ‘aerostructures’ for commercial and defence aircraft. The company is headquartered in the USA and has production sites in North America, Europe and Asia.



Eurofound (2020), Spirit Aerosystems, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 101183, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/101183.