British Airways (BA) has reached a deal on changing working practices among cabin crew at Gatwick Airport.
The company estimates that the changes will save the airline £13.2m a year, and said that no jobs would be lost.
Under the new arrangements, the 1,800 cabin crew based at Gatwick will fly long- and short-haul routes rather than one or the other.
About 1,000 crew are employed on long-haul services from Gatwick and 800 on short-haul. From October, a single cabin crew force will operate all Gatwick flights.
BA said the deal, agreed with its unions, will lead to “significant gains” in productivity and would cut in employee costs.
“This agreement will remove duplication and introduce more efficient working practices while maintaining standards of customer service,” said chief executive Willie Walsh.