Dnata-owned agency consortium Global Travel Group has confirmed it plans to “right-size” its business as part of a company-wide review launched earlier this year and accelerated by the Covid-19 crisis.

On Thursday, dnata announced a 45-day consultation on proposals including the merger of its Travel 2 and Gold Medal operations, a reduction in headcount and the closure of its Glasgow office.

Andy Stark, managing director of Global Travel Group, spoke to members and employees to confirm the consortium was part of the review and would be taking steps to consolidate and “future-proof” its business.

He said: “As part of a broader review of dnata Travel Group, I yesterday shared the news with Global Travel Group employees and members that we would be making changes within our business.

“The detailed and in-depth review has provided us with a sense of how we can reshape to be future-proof in an ever-changing landscape within our sector.

“The proposals being considered seek to reduce inefficiencies, streamline our processes and ‘right-size’ our business in relation to the changing needs of the travel market, we see this as a way to keep us firmly on a pathway that enables us all to prosper.

“This will – more than likely – result in a reduction in our overall headcount as we consolidate our business, keeping focus on how we can continue to support our members and deliver value.”

He added: “We believe that by taking action now, on the advice and consultation that we have received, we are future-proofing the Global Travel Group for the benefit of everybody.”

Last month, Global announced that commercial director Cherie Richards would be leaving the business after 15 years. Richards this week joined Not Just Travel in the newly-created position of chief business development officer.

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