British Airways Says Pandemic May Cost 10,000 Jobs

(Bloomberg) — British Airways is expecting to cut as many as 10,000 jobs due to the Covid-19 pandemic even as the airline reached deals or agreements in principle with its various unions.



a plane sitting on top of a truck: Crew members prepare an air stair for a passenger aircraft, operated by British Airways, a unit of International Consolidated Airlines Group SA (IAG), at Bournemouth Airport in Bournemouth, U.K., on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. European airlines will take the biggest hit to demand from the coronavirus, with passenger traffic set to fall 46% this year, according to economists at the International Air Transport Association.


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Crew members prepare an air stair for a passenger aircraft, operated by British Airways, a unit of International Consolidated Airlines Group SA (IAG), at Bournemouth Airport in Bournemouth, U.K., on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. European airlines will take the biggest hit to demand from the coronavirus, with passenger traffic set to fall 46% this year, according to economists at the International Air Transport Association.

The flagship U.K. carrier has seen 7,200 people leave as of last week, Chief Executive Officer Alex Cruz told lawmakers in London on Wednesday. The company remains in discussions with some labor groups, he said, and has rowed back on a plan to fire and rehire staff on new contracts.

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British Airways boss Alex Cruz defends decision to axe 12,000 jobs



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The boss of British Airways has defended his decision to cut up to 12,000 jobs and said the pandemic has left the national carrier ‘fighting for survival’.

Chief executive Alex Cruz stressed that ‘people need to get flying again’ if the company is to emerge through the winter and weather the ‘worst crisis in its 100 years of history’.

But he told MPs that many would-be customers are still cautious about travelling for fear their holiday destination will suddenly be brought on to the government’s quarantine list. 

Passenger numbers have nosedived and last week the airline only flew 187,000 passengers, compared with almost a million the same week last year. 

The slump in flights, of which roughly a quarter are operating, is causing BA to burn through £20million a day and has led to a jobs bloodbath.

Mr Cruz said: ‘Fewer passengers means

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