More than 100 job losses expected
British Airways confirmed today (December 7) it is to cut more than 100 jobs at Gatwick.
The airline said it intends to scale back operations at the airport next year, with 15% fewer departures.
Last month, ABTN reported on BA's plans to suspend Gatwick to Dublin and Zurich services next year.
The number of aircraft at Gatwick will also be reduced from 41 to 37.
According to reports, the cuts are likely to affect ground operations such as check-in staff, on a voluntary basis.
"We have briefed our staff and their trade unions that the number of departures at Gatwick will reduce by 15 percent next summer compared to this summer.
"We aim to have a voluntary severance program in place by the end of the year," said the airline in a statement.
The losses come after BA's announcement last month of a 91.6% slump in half year pre-tax profits, from £616m in 2007 to £52m this year.
Willie Walsh, BA's ceo, described trading conditions as "incredibly difficult" adding the six months period was "one of the bleakest on record."
With airlines seeking to consolidate to weather the harsh economic conditions, BA has begun merger talks with both Qantas and Iberia.
A merger with Qantas would create the world's first global airline.
BA has also been linked with Cathay Pacific, and has applied for anti-trust immunity to allow greater co-operation with American Airlines.