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More jobs to go as City of Derry Airport faces cuts

City of Derry Airport is cutting 10% of its 89 jobs as part of a major programme to drive down costs as passenger numbers dip.

With four posts set to go at CoDA through voluntary redundancy, and five senior posts already gone, the mood at Eglinton is gloomy, a union representative said.

“The reduction in passenger numbers has necessitated a review of the organisation and staff numbers at the airport and resulted in a new structure that reflects these challenging times,” an airport spokeswoman said.

CoDA chairman Roy Devine told BBC Radio Foyle: “A number of years ago we expected some growth in the business going forward and put in place a management structure that would accommodate that.

“Unfortunately, due to reductions in staff numbers, we have to look at the structure again and make cuts.”

Alan Law, a union representative from Nipsa, said: “The job losses equate to 10% of the work force.

“The mood is gloomy at the moment. We are going to meet with management later in the week.”

During the financial year 2014/15 Derry City Council allocated a budget of £3,481,200 for the running of the airport. There has been a reduction of 14.3% in the grant since 2010.

Over the last few years, about 400,000 passengers per annum have used the airport on nine available routes.

Belfast Telegraph