March 17, 2020 / 11:19 AM / in 5 months

British Airways due to make pilot redundancies: union

FILE PHOTO: A British Airways plane taxis past tail fins of parked aircraft to the runway near Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport in London, Britain March 14, 2020. REUTERS/Simon Dawson/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - British Airways is due to make an unspecified number of pilots redundant according to UK pilot union BALPA, as the airline seeks to reduce its costs to try survive the coronavirus crisis.

The CEO of BA, owned by IAG, said on Friday that the carrier was in a battle for survival and that it would have to make job losses but did not give details.

BALPA said in a statement on Tuesday that it was reassured that BA was working with it to avoid compulsory dismissals, but that redundancies were nevertheless disappointing.

“While we do not underestimate the magnitude of the problem facing BA and other airlines we are extremely disappointed that a company like BA with a strong balance sheet and cash reserves has rushed into redundancy consultation,” said BALPA General Secretary Brian Strutton.

BA has 45,000 staff including 3,900 pilots according to its website. The airline did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Reporting by Sarah Young, editing by James Davey

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