Plans for British Airways (BA) to integrate bmi could result in up to 1,200 redundancies after approval is given by the European Commission to incorporate bmi into its Heathrow operation. 17/04/2012
The proposals would secure 1,500 jobs including: 1,100 cabin crew, pilots and engineers who will be transferred to BA and based at Heathrow. Up to 400 passenger service jobs would also be secured at Heathrow Terminal 1.
BA's chief executive, Keith Williams explained, ‘bmi is making heavy losses and is not a viable business. As we look to restructure the business and restore profitability, job losses are deeply regrettable but inevitable. We will work with the unions to explore as many options as possible and are already working with industry partners,’
The proposed redundancies consist of roles based at the bmi head office at Castle Donington, Leicestershire and at regional airports. Consultation will seek to reduce the number and mitigate the impact of the proposed redundancies, including the potential to offer vacancies within BA at Heathrow.
BA will be working on potential job opportunities with industry partners in the Midlands, such as Rolls-Royce , and will look to create jobs at its engineering facility in Glasgow from January 2014. This is when the contract for bmi aircraft heavy maintenance work outside the UK expires.
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