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Seven face axe at Bournemouth airport
Bournemouth Airport is to make up to seven staff redundant after two years of tough trading.
It is understood that members of the airport safety team, who are responsible for scaring off birds and animals as well as carrying out checks on the runway, are those under fire.
Nine staff have been put at risk, with a potential reduction of seven jobs, according to Manchester Airports Group.
There is currently a consultation process ongoing with those affected, which will be completed by the beginning of September.
Paul Knight, general manager of Bournemouth Airport , said: “Like many small, regional airports, Bournemouth has faced a difficult couple of years but our market conditions are strengthening.
“To take full advantage and attract new airlines, we need to become as efficient as possible but unfortunately this means that a small number of roles are being evaluated and we have started a 30-day consultation with those colleagues affected.”
It is believed bosses intend to pass the responsibilities over to the airport fire service as part of their duties. Over the past five years Bournemouth Airport has undergone a £50million transformation, in one of the biggest infrastructure projects in Dorset.
New departures and arrivals terminals have been constructed as well a doubling of the size of the apron area and improvements to the runway, radar, navigation and lighting systems and roads.
The past few years have been particularly tough for the aviation industry, with Bournemouth Airport’s aim of reaching 1million passengers revised in the current climate.
The latest airlines added to the timetable include Aer Lingus, who launched a route to Dublin in May.