British Airways dismisses 350 pilots and puts 300 in the pool to rehire


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British Airways, which has said it needs to cut 12,000 jobs and proposed pay cuts for cabin crew, has reached an agreement with its pilots that will see 350 layoffs and 300 others placed in a “ pool ” to be rehired if necessary, The Sun on Sunday reported

Captains and co-pilots placed in the pool currently have no aircraft to operate and will remain on half pay, reports say, while all other flight crew members will benefit from a 15% pay cut. .

Once the “ pooled ” pilots return, flight crew members in operation will receive 7.5% of their deducted salary, while the rest of the salary reduction will be lost, the report added.

The majority of pilots “grouped” will be co-pilots of the Boeing 747 jumbo jet.

British Airways, owned by International Consolidated Airlines Group, which also owns Aer Lingus, Iberia and Vueling, said in an emailed statement that “constructive talks are underway with (the British pilots’ union) BALPA to save the more jobs possible “.

BALPA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Last week, Reuters announced that British Airways had made a proposal to its cabin crew about pay cuts. The airline plans to lay off a quarter of its pilots.

The planes were immobilized in March by blockages to curb the coronavirus pandemic, plunging the industry into crisis.

(Report by Juby Babu in Bengaluru; edited by Catherine Evans)

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