Major job losses imminent at Schiphol due to coronavirus crisis

Due to the coronavirus crisis, about half of the jobs at and around Schiphol are at risk of disappearing in the short term, the NOS national news website reports.

There are about 35,000 job at Schiphol, says the FNV trade union. In addition, there are a large number of companies that depend on Schiphol. A wave of layoffs also starts there, bringing the total to 60,000 jobs, according to the Telegraaf.

‘Reorganisations are now underway at a wide range of companies at the airport,’ says Joost van Doesburg of the FNV on the programme NOS Radio 1 Journaal. ‘Then you have to think of Schiphol itself, but also of cleaning companies, handling companies and taxi companies. It is actually doom and gloom everywhere.’

The outlook for aviation in 2021 has become more negative due to the increasing numbers of coronavirus infections. ‘We have to conclude that the end is not yet in sight,’ says van Doesburg. Employees with a flexible employment contract have already largely lost their jobs at or around the airport. Employees with a permanent contract will be added to this in the coming months. People who work at Schiphol in the practical professions are particularly affected.

[Source: NOS]