Mar 13, 2020

Coronavirus: British Airways boss tells staff jobs will go

British Airways is to ground flights 'like never before' and lay off staff in response to the coronavirus. BA boss Alex Cruz sent a video message to all staff on Friday warning jobs would go as a result of the impact of coronavirus on the airline's business. The airline is in talks with unions but gave no further details about the scale of the likely job losses in the video message transcript seen by the BBC. The airline boss said that British Airways, which is owned by FTSE 100 company IAG, was suspending routes and parking planes in a way they had "Never had to do before". Although Mr Cruz said the British flag carrier airline had a strong balance sheet and was financially resilient, he told staff "Not to underestimate the seriousness of this for our company". "BALPA general secretary, Brian Strutton, said:"Removing APD is just one step that could help airlines make it through their financial woes in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

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