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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Nova is the latest radio network to axe jobs amid COVID-19 recession



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Nova has axed at least four staff members in the latest round of job cuts to affect the radio industry during the COVID-19 recession.

On Tuesday, Radio Today confirmed that the network had decided to cut local workdays in Brisbane and Adelaide.

This change will see Nova 106.9 hosts Katie Mattin and Jack Tree, and Nova 919 announcers Rosie Panetta and Jarrod Walsh depart the business or ‘possibly be redeployed’.



a person posing for the camera: Job cuts: On Tuesday, Radio Today confirmed that Nova had decided to cut local workdays in Brisbane and Adelaide. Pictured: Nova hosts Kate Ritchie (who is not affected) and Jack Tree


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Job cuts: On Tuesday, Radio Today confirmed that Nova had decided to cut local workdays in Brisbane and Adelaide. Pictured: Nova hosts Kate Ritchie (who is not affected) and Jack Tree

The presenters were reportedly notified of the changes on Friday after their shifts.

In Sydney and Brisbane, Kent ‘Smallzy’ Small is now set to host afternoons, while Dan ‘DC’ Cassin will do mornings.



a dog sitting on a desk: Changes: In Sydney and Brisbane, Kent 'Smallzy' Small (pictured) is now set to host afternoons, while Dan 'DC' Cassin will do mornings


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Loganair set to axe 68 jobs after Covid-19 pandemic devastates industry

Loganair is set to cut 68 jobs after facing their “biggest ever challenge” during the coronavirus pandemic.

Staff at their hubs in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Dundee and Inverness are set to lose their jobs.

Bosses at the Scottish firm said the majority of the roles that are set to go will however be at their base in Chester.

The airline has opened a company-funded Skills Retention Programme in a bid to help staff facing the axe.

But they added that some staff would also be taking a 20% pay cut over the winter months.

Loganair chief executive Jonathan Hinkles: “Like everyone in the aviation industry, we’ve been incredibly hard-hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“It has been without doubt the biggest ever challenge for our industry and the biggest challenge in Loganair’s 58-year history.

“We have worked hard to protect jobs, but recovery across the sector has been incredibly slow.

“I

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