Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Transportation / Storage
Land, Water And Air Transportation
Air Transport
51 - Air transport

1,000 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
6 October 2009
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


British Airways has announced that it is to cut 1000 full-time cabin crew jobs at Heathrow and to reduce the hours of 3,000 more workers, equivalent to cutting 1,700 full-time positions in total. The cuts are blamed on growing losses for the second consecutive year and have been accompanied by a two-year pay freeze. According to the company, most of the cuts will be implemented by voluntary means. Then union Unite, which has been in talks with BA since the start of the year on its cost cutting plans, argued that the company tries to compete with low-cost carriers and said the changes made a ballot for industrial action by staff more likely.


  • 6 October 2009: Guardian


Eurofound (2009), British Airways, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 69687, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/69687.