The Hanover-based travel and holiday operator Tui announced that almost 11,000 staff have been laid off.
Almost 4,500 travel agency staff and more than 6,500 pilots, cabin crew and head office workers have been furloughed, it was announced on Tuesday, using the UK government scheme that ensures 80 per cent of the workers’ wages are covered.
Andrew Flintham, managing director Tui UK and Ireland, said: “The travel industry is facing unprecedented pressure.
“We will continue to put the customer at the heart of what we do, and when they can holiday with us again we want to be in the best position to deliver the wide range of destinations and experiences we do today.
“It is therefore imperative that we make these difficult cost decisions and also look after our colleagues during such unprecedented uncertainty. We are a fantastic business and we look forward to taking people on holiday again soon.”