International Airlines Group has confirmed further cuts to its planned schedule, with only ten per cent of flights now set to operate in April and May.
In mid-March, the group – which owns Iberia, British Airways and Aer Lingus – had unveiled plans to cut three quarters of departures in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
However, further deterioration in the market has seen new cuts implemented.
As a result, British Airways is making use of the Covid-19 job retention scheme on offer in the UK, with as many as 30,00 staff set to be furloughed.
The carrier has reached an agreement with trade unions, GMB and Unite, to apply the scheme to cabin crew and ground-based employees this month and next.
Under this scheme, furloughed employees will receive 80 per cent of their base pay and of certain allowances.
The agreement is subject to union ratification, British Airways added.
British Airways has also reached agreement with its 4,000 pilots to take four weeks of unpaid leave in April and May.
IAG said its other airlines have received support from similar job retention and wage support schemes for more than 17,000 employees in Spain.
The group said it was seeking similar support in Ireland.
A spokesman added that IAG continues to take every…