Boris Johnson is below strain to strip IAG SA’s British Airways of beneficial landing slots at UK airports amid concern concerning the airline’s plan to chop 12,000 jobs, in keeping with a report within the Day by day Mail.
Greater than 100 British members of parliament from numerous political events are asking the prime minister to rethink British Airways’ proper to slots at airports corresponding to Heathrow, the newspaper mentioned. The mounting political strain comes after British Airways revealed it might lower about 28% of its 42,000 staff because it struggles to outlive amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The airline holds greater than half of the slots — which give planes the correct to take off and land at a sure time — at Heathrow. The slots, notably those at peak occasions, will be value a number of million kilos every. Union Unite and politicians are pressuring the prime minister, saying that airways ought to solely have the ability to maintain the slots if additionally they reveal they’re being socially accountable and “internally investing” within the enterprise, the newspaper reported.
A British Airways spokesman mentioned in a press release to the Day by day Mail: “We are acting to protect as many jobs as possible. We call on Unite and GMB to consult with us on our proposals as pilot union, Balpa, is doing.”