The chief executive of British Airways has told MPs: “We’re still fighting for our own survival.”
Speaking to the Transport Select Committee, Alex Cruz said: “Last week we flew 187,000 passengers. The same week in the previous year, we passed almost a million.
“We remain worried about the virus in the winter season. People are still afraid of travelling. We have weekly changes to the quarantine list.
“All the data that we get are still pointing at a slow recovery process.”
He said BA is burning through £20m in cash per day, and that he has taken a one-third pay cut.
British Airways is among the airlines who have called for a test and quarantine scheme on the world’s leading intercontinental air link, between London and New York.
The government says it is looking at such an approach but has previously insisted that there is no viable alternative to 14 days of self-isolation.
He said around 10,000 of the 42,000 staff at the start of the coronavirus pandemic would lose their jobs.
British Airways is one of the famous airlines suffering from this pandemic, and it had to ground its 747 fleets and retire it. Many airlines have ceased operation this year, such as Flybe and Latam.