Struggling Airbus to axe 15k roles worldwide including 1,700 in the UK

Struggling Airbus set to axe 15k roles worldwide including 1,700 at UK plant where it makes wings for jets

Plane maker Airbus will axe 15,000 jobs worldwide as it struggles to survive the coronavirus crisis.

Around 1,700 roles will be cut in the UK, where it employs 13,500 and makes all the wings for its jets.

It warned in April that it was ‘bleeding cash’. At the moment the company has about 134,000 employees in total.

Plane maker Airbus is to cut around 1,700 roles in the UK, where it employs 13,500 and makes all the wings for its jets

It will make the cuts by summer 2021 – and is hoping most redundancies will be voluntary or by staff taking early retirement.

The losses at Airbus mirror drastic lay-off programmes throughout the aviation industry, as it navigates plunging demand for air travel triggered by the coronavirus outbreak.

Airbus does not think it will get back to full production until 2025.

Arch-rival Boeing is letting 16,000 people go, about 10 per cent of its staff, while engine supplier Rolls-Royce is axing 9,000 and British Airways is lining up cuts of around 12,000.

Airbus will cut 5,100 jobs in Germany, 5,000 in France and 900 in Spain, as well 1,300 in other countries.

Budget airline Easyjet has said 4,500 will go – with 1,900 UK job losses announced yesterday.

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