Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Glasgow airports
Hotel / Restaurants
Accommodation And Food Service Activities
Food And Beverage Service Activities
56.30 - Beverage serving activities

400 - 450 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
22 September 2020
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


JD Wetherspoon, the British pub company has announced that it is planning to make up to 450 jobs redundant at its pubs at Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Glasgow airports. The redundancies represent nearly half of the staff working at these six pubs.

The company’s chief executive said the decision to cut jobs was motivated by the significant reduction in air travel and passenger numbers visiting pubs in airport waiting areas in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

JD Wetherspoon has almost 900 Wetherspoon’s pubs, a chain of Lloyds No.1 bars and a growing number of Wetherspoon’s hotels across the UK and Ireland.



Eurofound (2020), JD Wetherspoon, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 102032, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/102032.