British Airways plans to make up to 12,000 staff redundant

British Airways plans to make up to 12,000 staff redundant

British Airways may cut about 12,000 jobs because of the global collapse in air travel in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

The airline’s chief executive, Alex Cruz said the UK’s flag carrier airline, which has placed 22,600 people on the government’s furlough scheme, “cannot expect the taxpayer to offset salaries indefinitely”.

The airline, which employs 42,000 people, has suffered from the global collapse in passenger numbers caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“In the last few weeks, the outlook for the aviation industry has worsened further and we must take action now. We are a strong, well-managed business that has faced into, and overcome, many crises in our hundred-year history. We must overcome this crisis ourselves, too.” Cruz said.

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