Jet2 Plans to Cut Pilot Jobs Amid the Pandemic

UK Airline

Jet2 is planning to cut 100 pilot jobs as talks with the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) did not work.

However, it is the UK’s third-largest airline and the owner of it is the Dart Group. The airline was pressing ahead with cutting 102 pilot jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown measures. And most of the flights were also causing airlines to suffer.

Previously airlines such as British Airways, EasyJet, and Ryanair also implemented job cuts. As there was a decrease in demand due to the pandemic.

BALPA general secretary Brian Strutton said, “This announcement is yet another which shows the desperate state of the British aviation sector.”

“Despite enormous efforts to work with Jet2 to find ways of saving these jobs. The airline is insisting on 102 redundancies.”

In addition, he said, “This will be a particular kick in the teeth. As many of those who may lose their jobs have recently joined the airline after having been dismissed from Thomas Cook which went into administration last year.”

Government to Implement New Quarantine Measures

Strutton also called for industry support from the government. As the government gave new quarantine rules on travelers from the various holiday destination 

He said, “The Government has a significant role to play in supporting the vital British aviation industry. It’s quarantine changes keep throwing every restart plan into chaos.”

“If these quarantines are really needed, the Government must stump up the support to help the airline industry. Which is doing its best to get back on track but keeps being knocked back at every juncture.”

The government of the UK is imposing new quarantine measures. The transport secretary Grant Shapps announced on Thursday that people arriving in the UK from France must quarantine for 14 days due to rising coronavirus cases in the country.

The Netherlands, Malta, Monaco, Turks & Caicos, and Aruba will also have to follow the new measures of quarantine by the Foreign Office’s UK travel corridors list.

Flight Cancellations

Jet2 has suspended all its flights to Spain and Cyprus.

With regard to Spain, it said, “Following the latest government advice regarding travel to the Balearic and Canary Islands from the UK, we have taken the decision to suspend flights to Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Majorca, Menorca, and Ibiza up to and including August 9, 2020.”

“We have already suspended flights to our destinations in Mainland Spain (Almeria, Alicante, Malaga, and Murcia) up to and including August 16, 2020.”

Speaking about Cyprus, a statement said, “Because of prohibitive entry restrictions into Cyprus. We have no choice but to suspend flights and holidays to Larnaca and Paphos up to and including 16th August.”

“We continue to urge the Cypriot authorities to review the entry criteria in line with other destinations. So that our customers can enjoy their well-deserved holidays.”

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