British Airways could be stripped of prized landing slots at Heathrow airport because it is cutting staff while still taking advantage of the taxpayer-backed furlough scheme, a minister has suggested.
Officials will review whether they can intervene in slot allocations at Europe’s busiest airport as BA plans to slash 12,000 jobs, Kelly Tolhurst, the aviation minister, told MPs. Warnings of state intervention drew a sharp rebuke from the airline’s boss Alex Cruz. Addressing staff, he said: “Every slot lost will lead to jobs in BA being permanently lost.”
British Airways has benefited from state subsidies for the wages of thousands