GMB, the aviation union, says thousands of Swissport baggage handling jobs are now at risk at Birmingham, East Midlands, Cardiff, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Manchester airports following the collapse of Flybe.
Nadine Houghton, GMB National Officer, said:
“This is devastating news for GMB members working for Swissport and a dangerous moment for the UK economy – our regional aviation infrastructure is now at risk.
“The collapse of Flybe is already having a domino effect on good jobs across regions, where aviation is vital for sustaining connectivity and supporting local economies.
“The Government needs to urgently step in with a rescue plan for our regional airports to minimise damage and protect livelihoods. This means doing the right thing now and not prevaricating behind state aid rules nonsense that can be dealt with in due course. The UK economy and workforce must come first.
“GMB is in constant contact with Swissport and will fight to safeguard our members’ jobs.”