British Airways have announced that more than 10,000 employees are to be made redundant due to the impact of COVID-19 on the travel industry.
It has been reported that more than 6,000 of the redundancies are voluntary and that 4,000 are compulsory.
The job cuts will affect airport staff across the world, as well as cabin crew and engineers. The airline’s pilots reached a deal with BA in June to remain in their roles.
A statement from British Airways read: “Our half-year results, published last week, clearly show the enormous financial impact of COVID-19 on our business. We are having to make difficult decisions and take every possible action now to protect as many jobs as possible. And, while we never could have anticipated being in a position of making redundancies, more than 6,000 of our colleagues have now indicated that they wish to take voluntary redundancy from BA.”
Friday’s cuts affect mainly cabin crew, engineers and airport staff.
Pilots reached an outline deal with the airline last month.