Coronavirus: Virgin Atlantic to cut thousands of jobs and end Gatwick operations

Published on 5 May 2020

Virgin Atlantic has announced plans to cut more than 3,000 jobs in the UK and to end its operation at Gatwick Airport.

The company blamed what it called the “devastating” effect of the pandemic. It’s another major blow for Gatwick, the UK’s second busiest airport, coming days after British Airways said it might cease its operations there.

Meanwhile the group which represents airlines around the world has recommended that all passengers wear masks while flying. IATA also expressed concern about the way social distancing can be ensured on flights.

Aer Lingus, which is based in Dublin, has been criticised after images were published showing a very full flight from Belfast. The airline says it will put on five more flights each week to reduce the number of people on board its planes.

Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reports by Transport Correspondent Tom Burridge and Ireland Correspondent Emma Vardy.

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