british airways returns staff to furlough

Sumary of British Airways returns staff to furlough:

  • British Airways has put thousands of staff back on the government furlough scheme following delays to the reopening of international travel..
  • The flag-carrier had begun to bring people back ahead of the easing of restrictions on foreign holidays on May 17th..
  • However, a decision to remove Portugal from the safe travel list, essentially closed outbound travel for the foreseeable future..
  • Only a small number of countries remain on the green list, including St Helena and Gibraltar, meaning travellers do not have to quarantine on their return..
  • Many will go onto the flexible furlough scheme and work part time, in the hope international travel will recommence soon..
  • “However, it is vital the government follows its risk-based framework to re-open international travel as soon as possible, putting more low-risk countries, like the US, on its green list at the next available opportunity.”.
  • British Airways joined a number of carriers in calling for the reopening of transatlantic travel earlier this week – a demand that was subsequently ignored by the government…

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