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Coronavirus: Virgin Atlantic lenders brace for restructuring hit. First in last out ? The company is anticipating that customer demand will be at least 40% lower during 2020, with flights unlikely to bounce back to normal levels until 2021. At the time, the airline said it would cease operations from Gatwick airport, to instead focus on Heathrow and Manchester Airports in an effort to save money. The billionaire entrepreneur even offered up his own private Caribbean island of Necker as collateral in order to save the company. Virgin Atlantic has announced it will make more than 3,000 staff redundant in the UK and will cease operations from Gatwick airport as it struggles with the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Just because one of its shareholders is a prominent billionaire? In a statement, the company said that decisions have been ‘aimed at preserving as many jobs as possible’ but that ‘regrettably’ 3,150 jobs across all functions will be cut today. ‘I wish it was not the case, but we will have to reduce the number of people we employ. It's a humbling experience for the billionaire, who is … This will mean taking steps to reshape and resize Virgin Atlantic in line with demand, while always keeping our people and customers at the heart of all we do. This change amounts approximately 80% reduction in flights per day by 26 March. Virgin had no redundancy policy at all before 9/11. Virgin Atlantic's banks have hired Deloitte to advise them on their exposure to the troubled carrier, Sky News learns. The government have just loaned EasyJet 600million so why not VA? Not good for the rest of the industry. Wizz Air – which focuses on the central and eastern European markets – said it operated at less than 3% of its capacity in April, including 71 cargo flights with medical equipment and 28 rescue flights. December 30, 2015 – Recruitment Manager. In total, the package, which includes deferrals on payments, will be worth up to £1.2billion over 18 months. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. Virgin Atlantic has confirmed it could axe a further 1,150 jobs from across the company taking the total number of job losses to 4,700 during the … The deal, involves backing from Richard Branson's Virgin Group and hedge fund Davidson Kempner, was confirmed on Tuesday. Slideshow Navigation. We use cookies to ensure you have an easy, quick and reliable experience whilst using the Virgin Holidays website. "The solvent recapitalisation of Virgin Atlantic will ensure that we can continue to provide vital connectivity and competition to consumers and businesses in Britain and beyond. The airline, which employs about 10,000 people, said jobs will be cut from across the business. The airline, owned by Sir Richard Branson, has cut a third of its workforce and will no longer operate out of Gatwick Airport in order to avoid collapse. Well now it is just another being made redundant.. A report by Mark Kleinman from Sky News earlier this evening says the jobs could go within hours. MORE than 3,000 jobs at the Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holidays travel brands owned by billionaire Richard Branson are to be axed. Mr Weiss said: ‘We have weathered many storms since our first flight 36 years ago, but none has been as devastating as Covid-19 and the associated loss of life and livelihood for so many. Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at webnews@metro.co.uk. 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Rishi Sunak, the chancellor, indicated in April that state aid would be available to airlines "only as a last resort" and after the support of existing government schemes and companies' existing shareholders had been pursued. Virgin Atlantic is expected to resume passenger flights on 20 July to destinations including Hong Kong, Los Angeles and New York, although Delta has warned that the recovery of demand for international travel is likely to lag domestic US aviation by a year. On Tuesday, Virgin Atlantic announced that the airline has achieved majority backing for an agreement that will safeguard its flying into a post-COVID-19 future.. It is crucial that we return to profitability in 2021. Ryanair has announced it will be axing 3,000 jobs after it saw passenger numbers fall by 99.6%. The airline's chief executive Shai Weiss said: "Few could have predicted the scale of the Covid-19 crisis we have witnessed and undoubtedly, the last six months have been the toughest we have faced in our 36-year history. It carried just 78,389 passengers last month, down 97.6% from 3.3 million a year ago. 28 April: The UK flag carrier plans to make up to 12,000 of its staff redundant, a reduction of one in four jobs at the airline, with cabin crew, pilots and ground staff affected. "We greatly appreciate the support of our shareholders, creditors and private investors and by working together, we will ensure that Virgin Atlantic can emerge from the crisis a sustainably profitable airline, with a healthy balance sheet. Virgin Atlantic is cutting more than 3,000 jobs and shutting down its Gatwick operation - but will continue to fly from Manchester Airport. Virgin Atlantic had employed 10,000 people in the UK, operating out of Gatwick, Heathrow and Manchester airports. Just because one of its shareholders is a prominent billionaire? Depending on how long the pandemic lasts and the period of time our planes are grounded for, hopefully the same will happen this time.’. Virgin Atlantic has announced plans to cut 3,150 jobs at the airline. Virgin Atlantic is 51% owned by Virgin Group of which Richard Branson is a shareholder. A Derbyshire pilot has swapped flying commercial aircraft to become a funeral director. Virgin Atlantic Pilot Redundancies. Virgin Atlantic will reduce its schedule, prioritising core routes based on customer demand. Photo: Virgin Atlantic. What will open first as the UK is eased out of lockdown. In total, 3,150 roles … Rgds NOBBY Reply. Yesterday Sir Richard Branson, who owns 10 per cent of Virgin Australia, declared 3100 Virgin Atlantic employees redundant, in a bid to keep the carrier alive. ‘However, to safeguard our future and emerge a sustainably profitable business, now is the time for further action to reduce our costs, preserve cash and to protect as many jobs as possible. The Cash Queens have put Valentine's Day meals for two from local supermarkets to the test - but who will win their heart (and stomach) over? The announcement by Virgin Atlantic of 3,150 job losses – almost one third of its staff – marks the bitterest moment in the history of the airline that Richard Branson founded in 1984. But budget European airline Wizz Air today confirmed that it reopened its bases in London Luton and Vienna on May 1, with flights to selected destinations in a sign of easing conditions in some countries. 404 Virgin Atlantic Airways reviews. Easyjet and British Airways have both secured rescue packages from the UK government. Virgin Australia had been struggling to re-finance a long-term A$5 billion (£2.55 billion) debt. The deal, which includes proposing creditors accept a 20% reduction in their return from the airline, will be voted on at the High Court in London. “Virgin Atlantic has done all that could be expected of it by arranging a £1.2bn rescue deal through the private sector, without government help. Welcome to Virgin Atlantic. Virgin Atlantic has secured a £1.2billion rescue package to protect thousands of workers from redundancy, it has been confirmed. The government have just loaned EasyJet 600million so why not VA? I truly hope that the rumour is not true, but heard that VS are offering unpaid furlough or compulsory redundancies to pilots ? The company says it had agreed to the scheme with unions as it battl… Virgin’s troubles are reflected right across the industry, with the pandemic bringing air travel to a standstill. Virgin Atlantic will reduce its schedule, prioritising core routes based on customer demand. “It is high time that chancellor Rishi Sunak and transport secretary Grant Shapps recognised that the UK aviation sector is facing devastating problems with thousands of job losses across many airlines already – and more on the cards. Slideshow Slide 1 Flying daily between London and Brussels Book now. 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He cites an aviation industry source who says Virgin Atlantic could keep some redundant staff on call to stand up if … Virgin Atlantic, a trading name of Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited and Virgin Atlantic International Limited, is a British airline with its head office in Crawley, England. explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. He doesn’t own 51% of the airline. They naively believed it could never happen to them. So when the 747C and 320 fleets were scrapped overnight, redundancy in fleet was announced to the horror of all affected. At the end of the six-month period, Virgin can end your employment or extend the contract for a further six months. Virgin Atlantic is 51% owned by Virgin Group of which Richard Branson is a shareholder. "We greatly appreciate the support of our shareholders, creditors and new private investors and together, we will ensure that Virgin Atlantic can emerge a sustainably profitable airline, with a healthy balance sheet.". Sir Richard previously warned that the airline would collapse unless it receives Government support. In May, the airline said jobs were on the line, as thousands of staff remained furloughed and top executives were forced to take a pay cut. Continue reading. A free inside look at company reviews and salaries posted anonymously by employees. Certainly not the airline it once was. Virgin Atlantic is to let go of another 1,000 employees. Hello you. The billionaire's Virgin Group will inject £200million in cash, while Davidson Kempner will lend the company £170million. 5th May 2009, 21:23 #2 xray one . Virgin Atlantic also said it plans to cut the size of its fleet from 45 aircraft to 36 by the summer of 2022. Virgin Atlantic has secured a £1.2billion rescue package to protect thousands of workers from redundancy, it has been confirmed. British Airways is set to make up to 12,000 workers redundant on the back of Covid-19 restrictions. Thank you for taking the time to post your review. A spokeswoman for the airline said: "Virgin Atlantic has been working on a comprehensive, solvent recapitalisation of the airline to ensure that we can continue to provide essential connectivity and competition to consumers and businesses in Britain and beyond. The life-saving package comes months of doubt and financial turmoil which resulted in the airline’s founder, Sir Richard Branson in April this year, asking the U.K. government for a bailout, which was rejected. HEATHROW Airport is warning that up to 25,000 aviation workers may lose their jobs as it launches a voluntary redundancy scheme. "Since the very beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, we have made difficult decisions and taken decisive action to reduce our costs, preserve cash and protect as many jobs as possible. I bet there are plenty of those in EasyJet. 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