Having posted its worst-ever quarterly loss, British Airways (BA), part of IAG, has announced its intention to lay off 12,000 of its 45,000-strong workforce, because of the global collapse in air travel in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
The airline’s chief executive, Alex Cruz, told BA’s 42,000 staff on April 28 said that the company “must act decisively now to ensure that British Airways has a strong future” and that means more than one in four jobs must be cut.
Cruz said the UK’s flag carrier airline, which has placed 22,600 people on the government’s furlough scheme, “cannot expect the taxpayer to offset salaries indefinitely”.
British Airways flew just a handful of aircraft out of Heathrow. On a normal day we would fly more than 300. What we are facing as an airline, like so many other businesses up and down the country, is that there is no ‘normal’ any longer,” Cruz said in a letter to staff .
“We are a strong, well-managed business that has faced into, and overcome, many crises in our hundred-year history. We must overcome this crisis ourselves, too.”