Saga is to reduce the size of its trade team as part of an ongoing restructure of the business as it battles the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Travel Weekly understands six members of the regional on-the-road field team that deals with travel agents will be leaving the business on Friday.

Saga will retain a smaller trade team under the leadership of Iain Powell after the consultation, which is expected to see redundancies in the region of 300 made across the wider business, which includes the tour operation, cruise line and insurance provider.

Jason Kemp, who covered the Scotland and Northern Ireland region, tweeted to confirm: “Unfortunately, due to the very challenging situation our industry finds itself in, I have to announce I am leaving Saga on Friday July 17.”

It is also understood that Wayne Beard, who covered the north west of England, is among those to be leaving the business.

Saga said it was not able to comment on individual cases while the consultation was ongoing.

A spokesperson said: “As part of our ongoing focus on improving efficiency within the business and against the backdrop of the continued suspension of travel due to Covid-19, we have started a process that will see a number of colleagues leave Saga.

“We appreciate this will be a difficult time for all of our colleagues and are focused on ensuring they receive all the support they need.”