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British Airways warns to reduce pilot headcount by over a quarter

by LLB Reporter
30th Apr 20 2:35 pm

British Airways have told their pilots that more than a quarter of the head count will be reduced by 995 in a “volume adjustment.”

A further 175 will be lost resulting from “efficiency changes,” in a letter seen by Sky News, which will have a reduction of 1,130 pilots from the total of 4,346.

The letter entitled ‘Collective Consultations Preparing for a Different Future’ reads, “In a short space of time, the situation has deteriorated rapidly. Our flying programme and load factors continue to decline.

“The impact on British Airways and the industry in general is like no other previous crisis we have gone through before.

“We are now at a critical juncture and must table proposals for structural change so that our business is in a credible position to respond to what will be a challenging and uncertain trading environment for a sustained period of time.

“At this stage, it is anticipated that the headcount reduction resulting from volume adjustment will be 955. This is likely to be evenly split between captains and co-pilots.

“It is anticipated that the headcount reduction resulting from efficiency changes will be 175. This is likely to be evenly split between captains and co-pilots.”

The letter also says there will be changes in practices for pilots to “ensure our remaining operation is efficient, flexible and cost-competitive to enable us to survive in an increasingly lean and unpredictable industry.”

There will be a statutory 45-day consultation and BA “would very much look to see Balpa [pilots union] engaged in the development of our proposals.”

The airline have confirmed they could ground the rest of the fleet with operations being entirely suspended at Heathrow Airport.

The letter reads, “We have not ruled out suspending the remainder of our Heathrow operation.”

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