Upper Crust and Caffè Ritazza owner to cut 5,000 jobs

The owner of Upper Crust and Caffè Ritazza is to axe 5,000 jobs after suffering heavy losses in the coronavirus crisis lockdown.

SSP Group said the cuts, which represent about half of its workforce, are part of a wide-sweeping restructuring aimed at keeping the catering company afloat.

It follows a dramatic fall in domestic and international travel, which has hit its cafes based at railway stations and airports.

The news continues a grim week of job losses across the travel industry. On Tuesday the planemaker Airbus announced plans to cut as many as 15,000 jobs – including 1,700 in the UK. EasyJet said it was planning to cut up to 727 pilot jobs and up to 1,200 cabin crew jobs across the UK and close its bases at Stansted, Southend and Newcastle airports.

However, retailers have also taken a hit. The furniture chain Harveys and the shirt maker TM Lewin have called in administrators, resulting in the immediate loss of more than 800 jobs, with more than 1,300 others at risk.