Loganair is set to cut 68 jobs after facing their “biggest ever challenge” during the coronavirus pandemic.
Staff at their hubs in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Dundee and Inverness are set to lose their jobs.
Bosses at the Scottish firm said the majority of the roles that are set to go will however be at their base in Chester.
The airline has opened a company-funded Skills Retention Programme in a bid to help staff facing the axe.
But they added that some staff would also be taking a 20% pay cut over the winter months.
Loganair chief executive Jonathan Hinkles: “Like everyone in the aviation industry, we’ve been incredibly hard-hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“It has been without doubt the biggest ever challenge for our industry and the biggest challenge in Loganair’s 58-year history.
“We have worked hard to protect jobs, but recovery across the sector has been incredibly slow.
“I sincerely regret that we have been left with no option but to enter into a consultation process for 68 roles which are now at risk of redundancy, from a total workforce of 850.
“The closure of our base at Chester is the largest single step, whilst other staff members affected are based in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Dundee and Inverness.”
He added: “Loganair is a small, tight-knit business and we will continue to do all that we can to support everyone affected by the prospect of redundancy.
“This will include options for relocation where openings exist.
“It will come as no consolation to those affected that the scale of proposed redundancies at Loganair is far lower than in other UK airlines.
“In order to reduce the scale of redundancies, Loganair is introducing a company-funded Skills Retention Programme, which will provide continuity of employment and a monthly subsistence payment over the coming winter for 40 further employees for whom there is presently no work.
“The programme is designed to provide a bridge between today’s challenging market conditions and an expected increase in flying in the airline’s Summer 2021 schedule, for which tickets are now on sale.
“It will run from 1 November – after the closure of the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – until 31 March.
“Other employees will also be taking a 20% pay cut over the winter season.
“The Loganair Skills Retention Programme demonstrates our commitment to safeguard as many jobs as we practically can.
“By providing this programme, we’ve been able to reduce the number of redundancies that we’d otherwise need to make, whilst at the same time protecting the skills of employees whose capability will be an essential part of our future.”