//Tui furloughs 11,000 UK employees

Tui furloughs 11,000 UK employees

Tui has put 4,455 travel agency staff and more than 6,500 pilots, cabin crew and head-office workers on temporary leave.

The travel giant made the decision to furlough its staff following the announcement of the government’s Job Retention Scheme, which sees it cover 80 per cent of wages.

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.”

It joins Hays Travel, the UK’s largest travel agency chain, in furloughing the majority of its workforce.

“The majority of our staff other than key workers are now furloughed with government support and we are feeling more confident about safeguarding these jobs,” the company said in a statement.

Hays took on 2,300 former Thomas Cook staff after taking over the leases to all 553 of its shops following the travel giant’s collapse last September. It also recruited 200 additional staff for its head office in Sunderland. Of its 5,700 staff, 2,500 work in retail across 650 branches in the UK.

The company said it had taken “all measures available to protect our industry and jobs”.