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28 April 2020updated 06 Oct 2020 9:45am

British Airways to make up to 12,000 staff redundant

By Samuel Horti

British Airways owner International Airlines Group (IAG) will cut up to 12,000 jobs, it announced today.

It follows a 13 per cent drop in revenue in the first quarter of 2020.

IAG said: 

In light of the impact of Covid-19 on current operations and the expectation that the recovery of passenger demand to 2019 levels will take several years, British Airways is formally notifying its trade unions about a proposed restructuring and redundancy programme.

The proposals remain subject to consultation but it is likely that they will affect most of British Airways’ employees and may result in the redundancy of up to 12,000 of them.

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As previously announced, British Airways has availed itself of the UK’s Covid-19 job retention scheme and furloughed 22,626 employees in April.