British Airways (BA) have announced that they will have to suspend 36,000 staff as they ground 80% of their planes due to COVID-19 which has brought a halt to the airline business.
With the implementation of travel restrictions and worldwide shutdowns leading to border closures, BA has had to reduce their workforce due to the lack of business.
As a result of this, the airline company has grounded 80% of its carriers and will have to suspend 36,000 of its workforce.
After meeting with the union Unite, the two parties have agreed to these terms but BA have agreed not to let go of any of the employees.
Those suspended employees will include cabin crew, ground staff, staff in the head office and engineers.
The employees working at both Gatwick and Heathrow airports will be the most affected after the airline suspended all operations at the airports due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
Employees will still receive some remuneration under the government’s wage package that will cover up to 80% of wages capped to £2,500.
Pilots have been offered a separate deal that will see them receiving a 50% wage cut over the next two months as the airline tries to cushion the hefty financial blow to their business.
The International Air Transport Association is expecting airlines to experience a total loss of £32.3 billion over the next 3 months due to the lack of business.
BA is currently assisting the UK government in repatriating Britons from around the world as most countries start implementing lockdown procedures to help curb the spread of COVID-19.
Ticket refunds have been the biggest financial burden being experienced by most airlines. BA’s parent company, International Airlines Group (IAG) is in a better position than most other airlines given their financial standing.
Virgin Atlantic previously announced that it would be suspending staff for 2 months whilst EasyJet has been forced to implement the same strategy for its staff for 3 months