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Coronavirus: Bombardier to cut 2,500 jobs worldwide

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Bombardier's base in Belfast

Bombardier's base in Belfast

Bombardier's base in Belfast

Bombardier has said it is cutting its global workforce by 2,500 people due to challenges caused by coronavirus.

The manufacturer said the majority of the cuts will be in Canada and said it is reviewing its Northern Ireland operations but has no announcement to make at this time.

The aerospace company is one of Northern Ireland's largest employers, with about 3,600 people across several locations here.

In a statement, it said the decision was made to ensure the company emerges from the crisis "on solid footing".

"Bombardier Aviation announced today that it would adjust its workforce to align with current market conditions reflecting the extraordinary industry interruptions and challenges caused by COVID-19.

"In light of this, we are reviewing our requirements for our Northern Ireland operations for all our aircraft programmes and will communicate any impact in due course."

It's after Bombardier's Belfast operations were wound down at the peak of the pandemic.

The company said it expects business jet deliveries to be down 30% across the industry.

Another update is expected from the company in August.

Belfast Telegraph