British Airways to suspend all flights from Gatwick during second lockdown
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British Airways has made "the difficult decision" to suspend all flights from Gatwick Airport during England's second lockdown, it has been reported.
A letter from BA chiefs seen by Sky News allegedly states that "many more" staff will be furloughed in the wake of lockdown 2.0 which officially started on Thursday.
In a letter to staff seen by Sky News, BA management said: "We have made the difficult decision to further reduce our operation for the rest of November.
"This means far fewer flights than we hoped for in November and means grounding more of our aircraft, including pausing all flights from Gatwick until December."
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The letter went on to say this move would mean "moving many more colleagues, from both operational and support function areas onto the government's extended Job Retention Scheme".
Chancellor Rishi Sunak today announced the furlough scheme, which was created to alleviate mass unemployment caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, will be extended until the end of March 2021/
The Treasury will continue to pay 80% of furloughed employees' wages, with employers responsible only for pension and national insurance contributions.
The furlough extension was announced to coincide with the beginning of a second national lockdown for England.
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