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The owner of Upper Crust and Caff Ritazza must cut 5,000 jobs after suffering heavy losses when the coronavirus crisis ends.

The SSP group said the cuts, which represent about half of its workforce, are part of a major restructuring aimed at keeping the restaurant business afloat. The reductions will have an impact on the staff at its head office and in all of its operations in the United Kingdom.

It follows a dramatic drop in domestic and international travel, which has hit company sites based at train stations and airports. Almost all of its outlets in the UK closed during the lockout.

SSP Group Managing Director Simon Smith said that Covid-19 still has an unprecedented impact on the business and although there have been early signs of recovery in some parts of the world, the UK has been slow to rebound.

He said the cuts would guarantee the company would survive the pandemic. We are now taking additional steps to protect the business and create the proper foundation to rebuild our operations, said Smith.

We have therefore come to the very difficult conclusion that we will have to simplify and reshape our activities in the United Kingdom, and we are now entering into a collective consultation on a reorganization project.

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The CEO said the company could speed up operations and reopen new sites if sales improved over the summer. However, even with the introduction of air bridges between countries and the start of the summer vacation season, the company expects that 20% of its UK locations will be open by fall.

The news continues a dark week of job losses in the travel industry. Airbus aircraft maker Tuesday announced plans to cut up to 15,000 jobs, including 1,700 in the UK. EasyJet said it plans to cut up to 727 pilot jobs and up to 1,200 cabin crew jobs in the UK and to close its bases at Stansted, Southend and Newcastle airports.

However, retailers have also taken a hit. The Harveys furniture chain and the shirt manufacturer TM Lewin hired administrators, which resulted in the immediate loss of more than 800 jobs, including more than 1,300 at risk.

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