British Airways has announced additional measures today to conserve revenue in the face of continued Government restrictions on outbound travel.
From next Monday, according to an email sent to staff today by Mel Birch, BA’s Director of Heathrow, ALL managerial staff at Heathrow (including, ironically, Birch herself) will be placed on full or flexi furlough.
It has since emerged that ALL British Airways managerial staff, whether they work at Heathrow or not, are in the same position.
Staff have also been told that all British Airways projects at Heathrow will be halted as part of a need to conserve cash unless:
- they “deliver instant revenue”
- deliver cost savings
- are operationally critical
“Everything else will be stopped” according to the email circulated this morning.
Heathrow employees working ‘on the floor’ have been given an email address and telephone number to contact if they need to speak to a manager from Monday.
In a statement to HfP, British Airways said:
“Like many companies we’re using the furlough scheme to protect jobs during this unprecedented crisis. However, it’s vital the Government follows its risk-based framework to re-open international travel as soon as possible, putting more low-risk countries, like the US, on its green list at the next available opportunity.”