BA boss defends virus job losses

Published: 22:38, Sep 16,2020


British Airways chief executive Alex Cruz on Wednesday defended heavy job cuts at the airline after coronavirus decimated demand, declaring that customers were ‘still afraid of travelling’.

Cruz was appearing at parliament’s transport select committee one week after BA parent group IAG announced it would slash more flights because of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions and quarantine rules.

‘COVID has devastated our business, our sector. We’re still fighting for our own survival,’ Cruz told lawmakers on the committee. ‘Last week we flew 1,87,000 passengers in and out of the UK. Same week the previous year (it was) under one million.’

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