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