BA Job Cuts Accompany Increase in Online Bookings.

British Airways is cutting 5,800 more jobs and plans a “significant restructuring” of its short-haul business in a bid to cut costs and debts.

The airline says the job losses are on top of 7,200 previously announced and are aimed at helping to make GBP 650 million annual savings. Chief executive Rod Eddington says BA must be transformed into a ?gsimpler, leaner, more focused airline?h.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4, Mr Eddington added that BA would look at the increased use of online booking to compete with the low-cost airlines such as easyJet, Ryanair, Buzz and the former BA subsidiary, Go. The lowest fares will be available on the Internet as BA reduces payments to UK travel agents for short-haul bookings. Five long-haul and five short-haul routes are to go, with many services being transferred from London Gatwick to London Heathrow Airport, where BA can run a ?ehub and spoke?f operation.