Job losses in the UK

Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology

ISSN: 0002-2667

Article publication date: 1 June 2004



(2004), "Job losses in the UK", Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, Vol. 76 No. 3.



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Job losses in the UK

Job losses in the UK

In line with the company's future business strategy, FLS Aerospace recently unveiled plans to reposition its business and identify key sites as centres of excellence for specific services. Under this plan, FLS Aerospace will discontinue heavy maintenance at their UK bases resulting in up to 420 job losses.

Consequently, FLS Aerospace will discontinue aircraft heavy maintenance at Stansted and Manchester, where heavy maintenance is the majority of the business, all activities will cease. This will result in the loss of up to 272 jobs at the Stansted base and up to 149 jobs at the Manchester base. The company's joint venture with MyTravel Airways at Manchester – MyTravel Aircraft Engineering – will be unaffected by these decisions. FLS Aerospace currently employs 1,500 staff in the UK with 750 based at Stansted.

Aircraft heavy maintenance will now be consolidated into one site at the company's Dublin facility. At Stansted, a high growth UK airport, FLS Aerospace will focus and grow the areas where the company are competitive and can be profitable. At Manchester, the decision to cease all FLSA operations had to be taken, as the work planned for the FLSA operation has not materialised in sufficient quantity to make it a viable base.

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