Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Stansted Airport and Heathrow Airport
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

695 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
1 June 2020
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


ABM Aviation UK, the British subsidiary of the US-based facilities management company ABM Industries has cut 195 jobs at Stansted Airport, where ABM Aviation provides baggage handling and check in services for Ryanair.

The group managing director at ABM Aviation said that the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic had been 'simply devastating' and added that the job cuts were necessary to protect the future of the business.

Representatives of the trade union Unite said that they would challenge the proposed redundancies and called for government support for the UK Aviation industry.

Update 24/07/2020: ABM Aviation UK is planning to cut 500 'ambassador' jobs at London's Heathrow Airport, according to the trade union Unite. ‘Ambassadors’ assist passengers through security, passport control and accessing connecting flights. The total number of proposed job losses is now at 695.



Eurofound (2020), ABM Aviation UK, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 101255, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/101255.