Published on : Tuesday, June 15, 2021
British Airways has once decided to 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 17.
However, post the decision to remove Portugal from the safe travel list outbound travel was essentially closed 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. Moreover, official advice remains not to visit amber countries for leisure.
It is understood a large number of BA staff were already on furlough, but this change means many more will go back onto the government wage support scheme. Many will go onto the flexible furlough scheme and work part time, in the hope international travel will recommence soon. Those affected include management staff and those not linked to safety operations and plane critical roles. British Airways came together with other carriers to call for the reopening of transatlantic travel earlier this week.