British Airways’ pilots have rebelled over a controversial scheme that siphons off thousands of pounds of their salaries to pay for colleagues left out of work by the Covid crisis.
British Airways has been forced to cut flight schedules further as it struggles to hire staff quickly enough to meet renewed demand for travel after culling nearly 10,000 jobs during the pandemic, raising concerns the carrier could miss out on a bumper summer for European airlines. The airline is cutting 10 per cent of its flight schedules between March and October, just as its parent IAG and other leading European groups Air France-KLM and Lufthansa predict a strong travel revival this summer. BA chief executive Sean Doyle said the airline had cut the equivalent of 8,000 round trips, three-quarters on short-haul routes, in a blow to the carrier just as passengers flood back with the easing of travel restrictions.
British Airways has vowed to hire hundreds of call centre workers amid passenger fury over long delays in answering calls.