Cuts Restricted To Mainly Support Staff Positions; Security
The UK Times reports
airport operator BAA, in an effort to slash costs, is planning to
eliminate as many as 2,000 jobs... and may go as far as selling off
one or possibly more of its sites.
Ferrovial, the Spanish company that bought BAA in 2006 (and
reportedly borrowed quite heavily to do so) has ordered each of its
seven airports -- Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Edinburgh, Glasgow,
Aberdeen and Southampton -- to review and report on their staffing
and overall costs.
The Times reported jobs will be cut in all areas except
security, and will be done despite massive complaints over delays
and deteriorating conditions at terminals.
Airlines are already voicing concerns the layoffs could mean
further delays at airports already bursting at the seams. There's
also an undercurrent of suspicion about the reasons behind such a
"Any cuts which result in a deterioration in service in return
for Ferrovial lining its pockets would be completely unacceptable
to the traveling public. It sounds like a fast way of losing the
few friends they have got left," said a spokesperson for
Nigel Turner, chief executive of bmi, told the Times such a
number of job cuts won't be cause for concern provided they're from
positions that don't have a direct hand in actually running the
"But I would be very concerned if there were any cuts to
frontline staff," he said.
"There is no final number. This is a simplification exercise
aimed at support staff much more than frontline staff. It's not
simply about costs. It's about building a much leaner and more
efficient business," said a BAA spokesperson.
An unidentified source told the Times, "Ferrovial have a huge
debt burden and they can't sustain that. They are really drilling
down costs and there is going to be a complete restructuring of the
BAA employs some 15,000 people worldwide. About 5,000 of its
13,000 British employees are involved in security. About 4,000 work
in support positions such as human resources, IT and marketing
while another two thousand pull duty in the duty free shops and
some 1,000 hold jobs in airport operations like runway