Bombardier ‘reviewing requirements’ for NI operations

There is more uncertainty for employees at Bombardier. Credit: Presseye

Aerospace company Bombardier has announced 2,500 jobs cuts, largely in Canada, but will now be “reviewing requirements” for its Northern Ireland operations.

Bombardier employs 60,000 people – around 3,300 of them in Northern Ireland.

A statement from the company’s Belfast operation said: “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.

“We have no announcement to make at this time.”

Bombardier has outlined how it suspended manufacturing operations when the coronavirus outbreak first took hold.

With additional safeguards in place, it has since resumed manufacturing.

However, the company says it must “adjust its operations” as business jet deliveries are forecast to be “down approximately 30% year-over-year” industry-wide due to the pandemic.

“Bombardier Aviation has made the difficult decision to reduce its workforce by approximately 2,500 employees,” a statement from its Montréal headquarters said.

“The majority of these reductions will impact manufacturing operations in Canada and will be carried out progressively throughout 2020.”