British Airways set to make up to 12,000 workers redundant

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British Airways is due to make up to 12,000 of its workers redundant amid the coronavirus pandemic.

International Airlines Group (IAG), who own British Airways, announced the planned job cuts as it revealed revenues had plunged 13% in the first quarter of 2020.

In a statement, 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."

Employees at risk could include cabin crew members and pilots.

The announcement follows the airline informing bookers earlier today that it would be extending its flexible change policy until July.

On Twitter, British Airways said: "Due to the continued uncertainty around #COVID19, we’ve extended our flexible change policy for anyone due to travel up to 31 July 2020.

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"All new and existing travel vouchers issued under the policy are now valid until 30 April 2022."

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