Flight Centre has confirmed it has entered into a consultation phase with the view to cutting jobs across the business.

The nature and number of roles that are under review were not disclosed by the agency, which said it would keep on as many staff as possible.

A spokeswoman said: “We are deeply saddened to see the affect Covid-19 has had on the travel Industry, to see the world close in front of us is something we never thought we would ever experience in our lifetimes.

“We are now in a position, like many other businesses in travel, to announce we are entering into a collective consultation period with our workforce, the exact numbers of potential job losses have not been confirmed at this stage.

“Our first focus at Flight Centre is always our people and we will do everything in our power to keep as many employees as possible in the business. We will offer support to those who may, at the end of consultation, unfortunately lose their jobs.

“We are taking this time to ensure our business is resilient in the short term, to enable us to have a strong structure when customers are ready to travel with us, and in the longer term to be in the best position possible to re-imagine our business to best fit the future world.

“We are still seeing enquiries coming through for new holidays for later in the year and into next year and are setting ourselves up to react once the world fully reopens.”