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British Airways reduces flights and accelerates cost cutting measures

British Airways announced its package of measures in response to the impact on business from the conflict in Iraq…

British Airways announced its package of measures in response to the impact on business from the conflict in Iraq.



British Airways said that following the actual and anticipated downturn in passenger traffic, the airline is to implement a reduced flying programme and an acceleration of its Future Size and Shape restructuring programme.



The measures include:


  • An overall capacity reduction of four per cent in April and May, involving reduced frequencies and the use of smaller aircraft.

  • The Future Size and Shape programme`s overall manpower reduction target of 13,000 by March 2004 will be accelerated to September this year.

  • An extension of the company`s unpaid leave scheme for staff.

  • A review of all capital expenditure and external spend.


Chief executive Rod Eddington said today: There are clearly tough times ahead and experience has shown us that conserving cash is critical at these times.



We have had the opportunity to plan our response on this occasion and go into this downturn a leaner, fitter company. Before today`s adjustments to our flying programme, we had already reduced our capacity by 20 per cent in the last two years and reduced our manpower by 10,000.



We are still assessing the impact on passenger demand but the industry has been feeling the effects of war for some weeks now. However, we are in good shape with more than

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