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In-flight Wi-Fi provider Gogo is laying off 143 people

Wi-Fi provider Gogo is laying off 143 people, or about 14 percent of its workforce, as people continue to avoid air travel during the covid-19 pandemic. The company previously furloughed 600 workers and cut executive pay in April.

Gogo applied for cares act funding, but it’s unclear if it ever received any assistance. The cuts will come’predominantly from the company’s commercial aviation business’.

oakleigh Thorne, Gogo’s CEO, said reducing our workforce has become a necessary step.’we do not take this action lightly, but we believe it is critical in our efforts to preserve our financial flexibility, while maintaining the quality of our service and relationships with our customers’.

Gogo has been shifting its business to rely on satellite-based Internet for its in-flight Wi-Fi services. The company previously said its plans to roll out a 5G network in 2021 were unaffected by the furloughs.

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