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British Airways suspending flights from London’s Gatwick

British Airways suspending flights from London’s Gatwick”

British Airways is in talks with its union about a plan to suspend about 32,000 staff so it can survive the coronavirus pandemic, a person familiar with the situation has told the Reuters news agency.

British Airways is one of the airlines helping the government to bring home hundreds of thousands of British people stranded overseas.

Those affected will receive some of their wages through the government's coronavirus job retention scheme.

Gatwick Airport said last week it would shut one of its two terminals on Wednesday.

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Qatar's Hamad International Airport has temporarily reduced the number of employees onsite by 40 percent, with most working from home or on annual leave, a Qatar Airways spokesman said on Tuesday, denying a media report that said the airline had cut its workforce.

Rival airline EasyJet (EZJ.L) said on Monday that it had grounded its entire fleet.

The booking policies of major airlines explained Data firm OAG said the aviation industry was less than half the size it was in mid-January, just before countries started confirming coronavirus cases outside China. For example, Flybe was pushed into administration, immediately grounding all of the airline's flights and putting around 2,400 jobs at risk.

The British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) both issued warnings on Thursday, saying millions of people could be fired or furloughed as COVID-19 brings the economy to a halt.



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