United Kingdom
London; Outer London; Outer London - West and North West
Location of affected unit(s)
Transportation / Storage
Warehousing And Support Activities For Transportation, Postal And Courier Activities
Warehousing And Support Activities For Transportation
52.2 - Support activities for transportation

900 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
16 November 2004
Employment effect (start)
16 November 2004
Foreseen end date
16 November 2004


Baggage handling company Swissport UK today abruptly announced the closure of operations at Heathrow airport, with the loss of 900 jobs. Baggage handlers, check-in staff and other employees who arrived for work this morning were told by security staff that they were being laid off, instructed to hand in their official passes and go home immediately. Swissport UK employs 1,262 people. One baggage handler said: ‘To lose your job is bad enough. To lose it six weeks before Christmas just after we thought our jobs were safe is a real kick in the teeth. But the worst thing for me was being told by a security guard that I had lost my job.’


  • 16 November 2004: The Financial Times
  • 16 November 2004: The Guardian


Eurofound (2004), Swissport UK, Closure in United Kingdom, factsheet number 60751, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/60751.