British Airways is set to dismiss about 12,000 workers due to the ravaging coronavirus.

According to Evening Standard, this development was disclosed by its parent company International Airlines Group (IAG)

The airline which has suffered from the global collapse in passenger numbers caused by the coronavirus pandemic employed about 42,000 people.

Considering the extent of damage caused by the deadly pandemic, the revenues plunged 13 per cent in the first quarter of 2020, which made the owner, International Airlines Group (IAG) announce the planned job cuts.

IAG said in a statement that,  “In light of the impact of Covid-19 on current operations and the expectation that the recovery of passenger demand to 2019 levels will take several years, British Airways is formally notifying its trade unions about a proposed restructuring and redundancy programme

“The proposals remain subject to consultation but it is likely that they will affect most of British Airways’ employees and may result in the redundancy of up to 12,000 of them.

“As previously announced, British Airways has availed itself of the UK’s Covid-19 job retention scheme and furloughed 22,626 employees in April.”