The boss of dnata Travel Europe has explained that 50 jobs being put into a consultation at the business’s Chester office is the culmination of a long-standing business optimisation programme.
Teams affected by the consultation – which will last 30 days – include finance, sales and operations, working across multiple UK brands.
The Global Travel Group is not impacted.
John Bevan, chief executive of dnata Travel’s Europe brands, told TTG efforts would be made to retain staff within the business and that retraining may take place for some. He added that those impacted would be offered help with job seeking.
Bevan emphasised that the consultation at Chester was purely an effort to achieve efficiencies, with some parts of the business currently having duplicate functions.
“It is clearly a difficult time for the Chester office – dnata is a caring business and we will do all we can to support the affected colleagues,” he said.
He added that there were no plans to “exit people quickly”.
Meanwhile Bevan said dnata Travel’s B2B business was having a “phenomenal” year and that performance was ahead of the market.
“Travel 2 and Gold Medal have come out of the summer in good shape – mini-peaks has been good and strong.”
Bevan also praised the work of Simon Owen, the newly-appointed head of sales for Travel 2’s contact centre in Glasgow.