BA leaves Gatwick, moves all London flights to Heathrow T5

Andrew Cummings
April 2, 2020

British Airways is in talks with its union about a plan to suspend around 32,000 staff, a person familiar with the situation said, marking one of the industry's most dramatic moves yet to survive the coronavirus pandemic.

British Airways is one of the airlines helping the government to bring home hundreds of thousands of British people stranded overseas.

EasyJet (EZJ.L) announced this week that it would now ground its entire fleet, putting its cabin crew on a two month leave of absence, while Ryanair (RYA.L) has grounded 90% of its planes.

British Airways is suspending all its flights at Gatwick airport, becoming the latest carrier to stop serving the UK's second-busiest airport due to collapsing demand.

BA said it will contact affected customers.

The plans are said to mostly affect staff at Gatwick and London City Airport.

The International Air Transport Association says that that airlines could lose between $63bn and $113bn in revenues as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

The British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) both issued warnings on Thursday, saying millions of people could be fired or furloughed as COVID-19 brings the economy to a halt.

The UK has launched a job retention scheme which covers 80 percent of someone's salary capped at a maximum of 2,500 pounds ($3,105) a month but rival Virgin Atlantic said it would need additional financial help to avoid going bust.

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