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Pub chain Wetherspoon plans to cut up to 450 of its 1,000 jobs at six airports across the UK, it has written in a letter to its staff.
Staff at Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Glasgow airports will be affected.
The pub chain has written to 1,000 employees and told them that a possible 400 to 450 positions are at risk of redundancy.
Chief executive John Hutson said: "The decision is mainly a result of a downturn in trade in these pubs, linked with the large reduction in passenger numbers using the airports.
"We should emphasise that no firm decisions have been made at this stage.
"Wetherspoons is proposing to collectively consult with employees through an employment representative committee, which will be established for this purpose."
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