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Beleaguered handling firm, Servisair, could be forced to slash sixty permanent jobs at Birmingham Airport, after cutbacks in Ryanair’s winter programme brought the firm’s business model tumbling down.

The budget airline has axed hundreds of flights over the last few months, jeopardising countless jobs, and throwing UK airports into disarray.

Workers' union, Unite, has implored Servisair to consider other options, but with more than a fortnight of industrial action hanging over the firm, Servisair has empty pockets and little patience for conciliation.

“They are asking for volunteers first.” Unite official, John Partridge, explained; “They have looked at the programme for the winter and it is over 100 flights less than last year. People are not going to be happy.”

Baggage handlers, check-in staff, and seasonal workers will suffer the biggest job losses, Servisair has admitted.

Servisair has struggled to beat the recession, losing a major employer in Brussels Airlines, and facing vehement wage disputes from its workers.

Earlier in the month, Servisair employees organised a siege of Liverpool John Lennon Airport, demanding delivery of a pay increase.

When the handling firm refused to acquiesce to the pleas of general workers' union, GMB, officials attempted to involve emergency personnel in the strike – a stroke that would have forced the airport to close.

Since then, Servisair has flirted with insolvency, trying its best to avert disaster, and to secure employee positions.

The loss of Ryanair services can only worsen the firm’s plight – Servisair provided a large proportion of the airline’s apron services – refuelling, baggage transport, and customer care.

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1. Susan Woodville

16th Nov 2009 - 06:48 PM

As our son lives in Oslo, we were delighted to travel from Birmingham to Norway this summer, albeit with Ryanair. On both occasions the flight was full and we were glad that at last Birmingham had a direct connection to Norway. We are now dismayed to see that this service is not continuing next summer.

I am sympathetic to Servisair's problems at Birmingham so wondered if there was the possibility of another airline filling the gap left by Ryanair's cancellation of the Oslo route. There are direct flights to every other European capital, why not Oslo?


Sue Woodville

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