June 24, 2020 / 11:47 AM / 9 days ago

Swissport to cut up to 4,556 jobs in UK and Ireland: internal letter

FILE PHOTO: Luggage stored on trolleys is transported by air service provider Swissport at Zurich airport, Switzerland April 16, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

LONDON (Reuters) - Aviation services company Swissport said it could cut up to 4,556 jobs, or up to 53% of its workforce in the UK and Ireland, as it forecasts regional revenues will be cut by half as a result of the travel slump caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Swissport Western Europe said in a letter to colleagues on Wednesday that it would need to make the job losses to survive the crisis.

The company is owned by China’s HNA Group and is the world’s largest provider of airport ground services and air cargo handling with operations at 300 airports in 47 countries.

Reporting by Sarah Young; editing by Stephen Addison

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