British Airways set for layoffs over Coronavirus

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British Airways will cut jobs after the Coronavirus pandemic devastated demand for global air travels, Alex Cruz, Chief executive of the airline has disclosed.

“To be frank, given the changing circumstances, we can no longer sustain our current level of employment and jobs will be lost —perhaps for a short period, perhaps longer-term,” Cruz said in an internal memo confirmed by the group Friday, March 13.

Several global airlines have cancelled thousands of flights worldwide, as COVID-19 reduces demand for passenger travels, with destinations to China and Italy in particularly hit hard.

The aviation industry is apparently struggling with the severe impact of the pandemic, which has so far infected more than 134,300 people globally and killed over 5,000, according to an AFP tally.

Report stated that in a recent further blow, United States (US) President Donald Trump announced a shock 30-day ban on travel from mainland Europe over Coronavirus disease.

Meanwhile, International Air Transport Association (IATA), the global aviation association, has warned that the US-imposed trans-Atlantic travel ban would further hurt an industry already hard-hit by the crisis, insisting airlines needed “emergency measures” to get through.

In a statement, Alexandre de Juniac, IATA chief warns aviation stakeholders that President Trump’s move “will create enormous cash-flow pressures for airlines.”

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