British Airways to axe 400 cabin crew jobs

UK's flag carrier, British Airways announced yesterday that it plans to slash 400 cabin crew jobs, with the first cuts expected in March 2013.

The airlines owned by International Airlines Group (IAG) said that the job cuts are voluntary and the company has started a 90-day consultation process with the workers union Unite.

''We are offering voluntary redundancy to some members of our senior cabin crew to help address an imbalance in our crew numbers,'' British Airways told Management Today.

''Based on the feedback from our senior cabin crew in the past few months, we believe that there will be good demand for this opportunity. We have now begun a 90-day consultation with Unite about the issues,'' it further said.

The affected employees would include senior cabin crew who work exclusively on long-haul and exclusively on short-haul routes. Those working on 'mixed' fleet which operates both long-haul and short-haul flights would not be offered the redundancy package.

The airline has approximately 14,000 cabin crew in total.