Travel 2 staff have branded proposals to close the operator’s Glasgow office "an injustice" among a range of criticisms of parent dnata Travel Group’s decision to restructure the business.
In a letter sent to TTG, the group of around 180 employees said they doubted agents loyal to the much-loved B2B brand, which dnata is proposing to merge with Gold Medal, would switch their sales over to the sister brand.
A spokesperson for the group also told TTG the local MP and MSP for Travel 2’s central Glasgow base had been contacted for help ahead of a formal consultation, understood to be starting on 1 July.
Under dnata’s restructuring plans announced on 18 June, Gold Medal and Travel 2 would combine functions under the single brand entity of Gold Medal, with operations moved to dnata’s Leyland office.
Revealing the proposals at the time, dnata Travel Group chief executive John Bevan said the coronavirus crisis had forced dnata to “accelerate” the implementation of the findings of its strategic business review, launched late last year, and in some parts of the business "actually go even further".
However, in their letter, staff questioned why Travel 2, which they describe as a “more efficient and cost effectively-run business” was being “sacrificed”, claiming the financial impact of Thomas Cook’s collapse on Gold Medal had prompted dnata to cut costs and alleging the downsizing move was decided pre-Covid.
In response, Gold Medal and Travel 2 managing director Lisa McAuley said the “massive impact” of Covid-19 on both brands had “regrettably” forced dnata to act, and insisted Covid was the company’s “primary driver” and not the collapse of Cook.