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Coronavirus: Up to 12000 British Airways workers jobs to be cut

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The coronavirus pandemic is seeing no let up in its decimation of UK businesses as British Airways has begun consulting with unions over redundancies.

Almost 30% of staff that includes cabin crew, pilots and ground staff could be affected.

In a statement from its parent company IAG it said:

“In light of the impact of COVID-19 on current operations and the expectation that the recovery of passenger demand to 2019 levels will take several years, British Airways is formally notifying its trade unions about a proposed restructuring and redundancy programme. The proposals remain subject to consultation but it is likely that they will affect most of British Airways’ employees and may result in the redundancy of up to 12,000 of them.

As previously announced, British Airways has availed itself of the UK’s COVID-19 Job Retention Scheme and furloughed 22,626 employees in April.

Recovery to the level of passenger demand in 2019 is expected to take several years, necessitating Group-wide restructuring measures.”

There is much speculation that Gatwick based staff are more likely to be affected than those at the airlines main base of operations at Heathrow.

Since the coronavirus began British Airways has cut 94% of its flights. It will also mean

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‘No demand to fly before August’ says Virgin Atlantic

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Ahead of a press conference this afternoon, Virgin Atlantic has said that a 14 day self-isolation for travellers entering the UK will prevent them from offering flights.

In their initial statement they say that these restrictions mean there won’t be sufficient deman to resumer passenger services before August at the earliest.

They add:

“The safety and security of our people and our customers is always our top priority and public health must come first. We know that as the Covid-19 crisis subsides, air travel will be a vital enabler of the UK’s economic recovery.

Therefore, we are calling for a multi-layered approach of carefully targeted public health and screening measures, which will allow for a successful and safe restart of international air travel for passengers and businesses.”

More information is expected to be released in a press conference being held this afternoon (22nd May).

Only two weeks ago Virgin Atlantic announced job cuts of 3,000 staff and stopped it flights from Gatwick.

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