‘British Airways needs government help’

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By BBC

Why is British Airways not receiving help from the UK government like other flag carriers? – a question the pilots’ union Balpa is asking.

BA is set to cut up to 12,000 jobs from its 42,000-strong workforce due to a collapse in business because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The airline’s parent company IAG, which also owns Spanish airline Iberia and Ireland’s Aer Lingus, said it would take several years for air travel to return to pre-virus levels.

“Why is the French government bailing out Air France, why is the German government bailing out Lufthansa, why is IAG itself not doing anything with other flag carrier airlines, only BA?” Balpa general secretary Brian Strutton said on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

“Why in the UK is our aviation industry getting hammered? Other countries are supporting theirs.

“I’d like the chancellor to keep his promise of a bespoke package to help the aviation industry. We haven’t seen it yet.”

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