British Airways will resume flying to more destinations across its network this month, albeit offering fewer frequencies due to reduced demand and the impact of the global quarantine restrictions.
London City Airport has announced British Airways subsidiary BA CityFlyer will resume some routes from London City Airport to Ibiza, Florence, Málaga and Palma this summer.
International Airlines Group chief executive, Willy Walsh, has rejected claims British Airways is acting unfairly toward staff as it seeks to downsize in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak.
The UK transport committee has criticised a British Airways decision to cut 12,000 jobs in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, calling the move a “national disgrace”.
British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair have launched a combined legal action against what they have branded a “flawed” quarantine introduced by the government earlier this week.
Unite has informed EU commissioner for competition, Margrethe Vestager, that it intends to act as a third party opposing the acquisition of Air Europa by International Airlines Group.
British Airways has begun discussions with unions over as many as 12,000 job cuts at the airline. The proposed restructuring and redundancy programme is necessary as demand for travel is unlikely to reach levels seen in 2019 for several years, the airline said.
The airline has already flown back thousands of travellers as part of 65 rescue flights which have either operated or are planned to operate in the coming days from destinations across the globe.
British Airways is making use of the Covid-19 job retention scheme on offer in the UK, with as many as 30,00 staff set to be furloughed. Under this scheme, employees will receive 80 per cent of their base pay and of certain allowances.
Stephen Gunning, chief financial officer for the company, said all profit for the financial year would now be allocated to the voluntary reserve in order to protect the liquidity of the company.
British Airways is expected to announce it will suspend 36,000 staff as the carrier battles the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. However, no staff are expected to be made redundant.
A brief statement from the British flag-carrier said: “Due to the considerable restrictions and challenging market environment, like many other airlines, we will temporarily suspend our flying schedule at Gatwick.”