British Airways has explained to staff its Gatwick airport operation may not reopen after the coronavirus pandemic passes.
The admission came in a memo, composed by the head of BA’s Gatwick hub and noticed by BBC News.
BA’s Gatwick operation, which is currently suspended, is about a fifth as large as its Heathrow hub.
In a individual letter to pilots, BA explained it can’t rule out suspending the relaxation of its Heathrow operation.
In the letter, it notes that some of its rivals abroad are dealing with hard competitors.
It provides that a quarter of BA’s 4,300 pilots are set to drop their work.
The letter from senior management says: “We require to ensure that our remaining operation is successful, versatile and price-competitive to allow us to endure in an progressively lean and unpredictable market.”