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Published on Thursday, November 5, 2020

BA suspends all Gatwick flights and furloughs 'many more' staff



British Airways is to reduce its operations during November and furlough 'many more' staff as a result of England's lockdown, Sky News reports.


In a letter to staff seen by Sky News, BA management said: "We have made the difficult decision to further reduce our operation for the rest of November.


"This means far fewer flights than we hoped for in November and means grounding more of our aircraft, including pausing all flights from Gatwick until December."


It added lockdown would see the airline 'moving many more colleagues, from both operational and support function areas on to the governments extended Job Retention Scheme'.


BA will continue flights to repatriate customers overseas and for the movement of essential cargo, the letter says.


"Our focus is on keeping crucial air links open: bringing home the thousands of customers currently abroad, transporting vital goods and ensuring people who are permitted to travel into and out of the UK for work, education and other reasons stipulated by the UK government can continue to do so," it said.


A BA spokesperson said the airline had been 'urgently reviewing' its November schedule following Saturday's lockdown announcement.


"Our focus is on keeping crucial air links open - bringing home the thousands of customers currently abroad, transporting vital goods, and ensuring people who are permitted to travel in and out of the UK for work, education and other reasons stipulated by the UK Government, can continue to do so," the spokesperson added.


BA is contacting customers whose flights have been cancelled.


Earlier this week, Gatwick said it intends to stay open during lockdown.

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