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BA to press ahead with job cuts plans despite furlough extension

British Airways will press ahead with cutbacks that could result in 12,000 job losses, Willie Walsh, the chief executive of its parent company has said, despite the government’s extension of the furlough scheme.


In a letter to the chair of the transport committee, Huw Merriman, Walsh said government pay support would not compensate for “the reality of a structurally changed airline industry in a severely weakened global economy”.


“I want to confirm, therefore, that we will not pause our consultations or put our plans on hold,” the International Airlines Group chief said.


Walsh’s letter is an apparent response to Merriman’s call in the Commons and on Twitter this week for BA to “put these redundancy plans back in the hold where they belong”.


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