BAE to cut 75 Regional Aircraft jobs at Prestwick Airport

Defence contractor BAE Systems wants to cut 75 jobs from its Regional Aircraft business at Prestwick Airport.

The firm said the move was needed after a business review concluded there was a "significant shortfall" in orders.

It has started consultation with staff and unions and aims to achieve the jobs cut through voluntary redundancies.

BAE Regional Aircraft provides support and engineering services. Its head office is at Prestwick with a logistics facility located at Weybridge, Surrey.

'Viable business'

Managing director Alan Fraser commented: "The announcement follows an in depth review of our current engineering order book and business prospects for 2014 that concluded there is a significant shortfall.

"We have delayed this announcement for as long as possible while extending every effort to find new work packages that would secure longer term employment for our employees. However, this situation is no longer sustainable.

"We have similarly reviewed staffing levels within our customer support organisation where there is a smaller reduction required to achieve an economically viable business.

"I appreciate this is difficult news for our people and we are absolutely committed to working with employees and their representatives to explore ways of mitigating the potential job losses."

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