MORE than 500 British Airways jobs are at risk after Gatwick Airport cost-cutting plans were announced this week.
Some 400 ramp workers, including baggage handlers, will see their jobs outsourced, while 120 customer service staff and 50 management roles will be made redundant.
A statement from BA said: “We have begun consultation with our trade unions on proposals to transform the way British Airways works at Gatwick.
“They are part of a wide-ranging plan to build a stronger and more cost-competitive business and safeguard jobs for the future.
“Proposals include outsourcing the ramp work including baggage, de-icing and coaching operations, and the arrivals baggage service and combining roles within customer services.
“We hope to agree a proposal with the trade unions to offer anyone who works on the ramp a role with a new external supplier, under TUPE transfer legislation.
“We will do all we can to minimise the impact on people in the customer service teams, but it is likely there may be some staff reductions in this area and among the management team and support structure.
“As a traditional full service carrier with a long history, we have to meet the challenge of transforming our cost-base to compete more effectively in the shorthaul market, while continuing to deliver outstanding service and value for our customers.”