In June 2009, British Airways passenger capacity, measured in Available Seat Kilometres, was 1.7 per cent below June 2008. Traffic, measured in Revenue Passenger Kilometres, fell by 3.8 per cent. This resulted in a passenger load factor decrease of 1.8 points versus last year, to 79.6 per cent. Traffic comprised a 14.9 per cent decrease in premium traffic and a 1.3 per cent fall in non-premium traffic. Cargo, measured in Cargo Tonne Kilometres, fell by 9.8 per cent.
British Airways has called in the conciliation service ACAS after failing to reach an agreement with unions over job losses and pay cuts as it attempts to head off a summer of strike action.The airline announced today that it had asked ACAS to host future meetings with its unions after last night’s deadline to reach a deal passed without agreement.
British Airways and trade unions have failed to reach an agreement on cost cutting and compulsory redundancies, sparking fears of proposed strike action.The flag carrier had set a deadline of last night to finalise a programme of measures, including cutting 3,500 jobs. However it was unable to reach an agreement because of a number of sticking points, including concerns over the number of redundancies, as well as arrangements for consulting over job losses.
British Airways is today announcing further changes to its winter schedule including increasing the number of flights to Warsaw and Istanbul.From October 25, the airline will move from two to three flights a day from Heathrow to Warsaw and Istanbul.
British Airways is bracing itself for a series of summer strike action as cabin crew unions meet with management today over redundancies and a radical cost-cutting programme.
Unions have stepped up their battle with British Airways by accusing the management of “bullying” and being “unrealistic to the needs of workers” after the airline disclosed that 800 employees had accepted its request to work for nothing.The volunteers for unpaid work are among 6,940 staff who agreed to take a pay cut in a move that the flag carrier says will save up to £10m.
British Airways is launching new twice-weekly flights to Montego Bay in Jamaica and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, reinforcing its position as the airline with more flights to the Caribbean than any other UK carrier. The new routes commence October 2009 with the airline also increasing services to other Caribbean favourites. Richard Tams, head of sales, commented that they are “popular destinations with our customers and it’s due to demand that we’re increasing the number of flights to the region.”
British Airways could start charging for extras such as wine and peanuts as it desperately grapples to cut costs.The airline’s chief executive, Willie Walsh, said he was considering following arch rivals such as Ryanair that charge for such items.
British Airways is mulling a disposal of its OpenSkies subsidiary as it desperately grapples to curb growing losses.City sources say BA could either wind up or sell its off-shoot, which currently operates flights from Paris and Amsterdam to the US, in a move that highlights the sharp decline in business passengers flying Transatlantic.
British Airways has struck a landmark deal with the pilot’s union backing pilots taking a pay cut, and accepting shares worth £13 million instead of pay. Some 78 jobs are also to go under a voluntary redundancy package.The deal between the airline and the British Airline Pilots Association (Balps) would see 3,200 pilots accept a 2.61 percent cut in their basic pay from October, plus a 20 percent reduction in the additional money pilots are paid while flying.
British Airways chief executive Willie Walsh has sparked controversy by demanding that all airline passengers pay more for their flights to compensate for their environmental impact.The airline becomes the first in the world to propose that all airline passengers pay the additional sum, which would be used to combat tropical deforestation and help the developing world adapt to climate change. It proposes that the tax would raise in the order of £3bn annually.
British Airways has begun talks with trade unions over job cuts, and has set a deadline of 30 June for an agreement to be reached.BA is locked in talks with Unite union about cost cuts related to cabin crew and baggage handlers, and an industry source said the negotiations were progressing less smoothly than with the pilots, who have agreed to voluntary pay cuts.