THE voluntary redundancy of just under 300 employees at Broughton Airbus may stave off a major jobs crisis.
Airbus has offered a minimum of £5,000 to those who take the redundancy in a bid to maintain the company's stability after the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Other measures include suspension of overtime, shorter working weeks - and a change in shift patterns.
Airbus was not immediately affected by the atrocities in America but recently it has reported a need to revise production targets for the next two years.
It is also believed when the airline industry recovers, those who have taken redundancy from Broughton Airbus will be given first refusal on job opportunities.
This week Assembly Member for Alyn and Deeside Tom Middlehurst said alhough it was not good news, it was a favourable decision.
'I did not want to lose one single job from Broughton,' said Mr Middlehurst.
'But in the real world sometimes circumstances take over and here matters have been taken out of the hands of management by the fall in aircraft demand and a decision had to be made to try to safeguard most jobs.'
Alyn and Deeside MP Mark Tami said the Department for Trade and Industry was looking at what it could do to help.