BA expected to cut up to 5,000 more jobs in 2004

As
many as 5,000 more jobs could be at risk at British Airways (BA) as the
troubled firm plans further cuts next year.

According
to press reports, chief executive Rod Eddington has told staff that increasing
costs and the tough economic conditions mean that more cuts are necessary.

The
airline is already in the middle of a process to reduce the head count by
13,000 but Eddington said this may not be enough.

The
Times newspaper reports that Eddington has written a letter to staff warning
that BA must make a bigger profit to help pay its debts and run the business
effectively.

By Ross Wigham

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