1,200 redundancies could be made at BMI after recent takeover by IAG. British Airways (part of IAG) confirmed the news on Thursday, but stated that without the merger, BMI, which is losing £3m a week, would have closed with 2,700 job losses.
Integration with BA would secure 1,500 jobs, this would include up to 400 passenger service jobs at Heathrow. However, 1,200 redundancies at BMI’s head office at Castle Donnington in the Midlands and at regional airports are on the cards.
BA is in consultation with trade unions to organise ways of integrating BMI mainline into its Heathrow operations.
BA chief executive Keith Williams said: “BMI is heavily loss making and is not a viable business as it stands today. Our proposals would secure around 1,500 jobs that would otherwise have been lost.
“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.”
On a more positive note, Williams added: “This deal is good news for our customers and will offer new destinations, new routes and new schedules in due course. For customers with BMI bookings to or from Heathrow this summer, it is business as usual and customers can continue to book with confidence.”
BA also said that it is working on potential job opportunities with industry partners in the Midlands and in Glasgow.