ABERCROMBIE and Kent has sold its business travel division to Chambers Travel Management and closed down its aeromedical unit.

The upmarket tour operator said it wanted to focus on its core business after a review of its operations.

The Croydon-based aeromedical unit will cease trading next month and its 11 staff will be made redundant.

Six staff working in the business travel division, also based in Croydon, plus three who worked in ticketing and back office roles at Abercrombie and Kent’s head office in Sloane Square, are being retained by Chambers.

Abercrombie and Kentcorporate travel executive directorBarry Whittaker had resigned a week before the sale was announced and four other business travel staff have lost their jobs.

Abercrombie and Kent managing director Mike Jones said: “Although I am very regretful at having to make so many people redundant, this is the right decision for the company.”

The companies have signed a marketing alliance where Chambers will promote Abercrombie and Kent’s leisure business and vice versa. City-based Chambers, which has an office in Cambridge, said it made the purchaseto expand its regional network.