British Airways makes 450 managers redundant

British Airways has made 450 managers redundant in an attempt to cut costs, after the airline warned it would only break even in the current financial year.

British Airways has made 450 managers redundant in an attempt to cut costs, after the airline warned it would only break even in the current financial year.

The losses were all voluntary but the airline would not confirm whether any of the managers were from the IT department.

BA's IT unit has been in the spotlight this year after software flaws and a lack of testing was blamed for many of the problems experienced during terminal 5's troubled opening.

The airline is now attempting to cut costs to try to offset the effects of the global economic downturn and high fuel costs.

It offered 1,350 managers voluntary redundancy, and on Wednesday this week accepted the applications of all 450 managers who were willing to go.

A spokeswoman said, "The voluntary severance scheme for managers closed at 5pm on Wednesday (October 9).

"We have reviewed all the applications and, as we said we would, we have decided to accept them all.

"This means about one third of the eligible managers will leave the company at the end of the year.

"We are pleased with the take up for the scheme. The number is in line with our expectations and means we can deliver on our commitment to reduce our management headcount."

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