BA in talks with unions

British Airways executives today met union leaders to discuss the impact of the US terrorist attacks on jobs but no details were given of any planned cuts.

British Airways executives today met union leaders to discuss the impact of the US terrorist attacks on jobs but no details were given of any planned cuts.

A further meeting will be held later in the week, when union officials believe an announcement on job losses could be made.

Kevin Egan, national officer of the Manufacturing Science and Finance union, said: ‘‘We are obviously in an extremely serious situation and all we can do is wait to hear what BA has to say about its response to the disaster.’’

Analysts expect the airline, which lost money due to the cancellation of flights last week, will be hit by falling demand for long-haul travel following the tragedy.

Revenue from its transatlantic operations last year accounted for more than a third of its £9.3 billion revenue.

Before last week’s attacks, unions had feared that up to 2,000 jobs could be cut - on top of 1,800 announced earlier this year - but there are now worries that the numbers could be much higher.

BA has said the firm had a recruitment freeze but has described figures for possible job cuts as ‘‘speculation’’.

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