Airport Associates, the company which provides air terminal service at the Keflavík International airport, has reinstated the jobs of 156 of the 237 employees that it laid off at the end of November, Vísir reports.
Before the layoffs, around 500 people had worked for Airport Associates within a variety of departments: ramp service (loading and unloading luggage from aircraft), load control, passenger services, freight, cleaning, and security.
The layoffs were in response to operational difficulties with WOW air, which itself laid off over 100 employees in December, as well as cancelling international routes, selling its flight times at Gatwick Airport, and reducing its fleet by almost 50%. In January, however, WOW air reached an agreement with investors regarding adjusted terms on the bonds that were bought at the airline’s auction last year. The agreement was a condition of Indigo Partner’s investment in the airline.
Airport Associates CEO Sigþór Kristinn Skúlason told Vísir that WOW air’s operations are now secure, and its flight schedules are in place. As such, it’s been possible for the company to recall a considerable proportion of the employees it laid off.
Airport Associates provides support service to around 20 airlines at Keflavík, including EasyJet, Wizz air, Delta, Norwegian, and American Airlines. The company is WOW air’s largest service provider.