Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
North West; Merseyside; Liverpool
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

104 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
19 January 2007
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


104 baggage handlers are to be made redundant at Liverpool John Lennon Airport. The Airport provides baggage handling for the majority of its users, including Ryanair and Easyjet. However, Easyjet wants check-in and baggage handling to be run by one firm, as happens at its other UK bases. A third party - believed to be Penauille Servisair - has won the contract. It is hoped the 104 axed workers will be rehired by them.

Neil Pakey, chief executive of Peel Airports, said: 'We are naturally concerned for those staff members affected by this decision.'

'However we recognise that this change will bring a more seamless service for Easyjet, bringing their Liverpool operation in line with other airports across their network.'

'The airport will be doing all it can to help redeploy these staff with the ground handling operator appointed to provide this service and keep net job losses to a minimum.'

The GMB union - which represents the majority of baggage handlers - said its members were unhappy at the news. Union officials said they accepted a pay cut just over three years ago to prevent redundancies and remain competitive in a bid to help the airport prosper. But now they claim they face applying for the same job with a company which has worse terms and conditions. Talks between the union and the airport are planned for Monday 22 January.


  • 19 January 2007: BBC News


Eurofound (2007), Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 64791, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/64791.