British Airways is to cut 300 jobs as part of a targeted voluntary redundancy scheme in response to the “tough economic climate”.
A spokesman for the national carrier said: “The scheme was designed to meet some demand for redundancy in some parts of the business and where it is possible to release people and not replace them.
“We are pleased with the take up and 300 people will leave the airline under this scheme at the end of May.”
The news follows the airline’s announcement yesterday that it is to sell 11 of its 15 Boeing 757 aircraft.
The 757s will be replaced in BA’s short-haul fleet by Airbus A320 planes, although four will be retained by BA subsidiary OpenSkies, which flies from Paris and Amsterdam to New York.
Robert Boyle, BA director of strategy and business units, said: “Replacing the 757s will give us environmental and cost benefits.” BA would not disclose how much the sale of the planes would bring.