Chief of British Airways owner hits back at ‘unjustified’ criticism from MPs

British Airways (BA) owner International Airlines Group (IAG) has hit back at “unjustified” criticism it received from MPs last week. The MPs accused the airline of a “calculated attempt to take advantage” of the crisis by cutting up to 12,000 jobs and downgrading the terms and conditions of the bulk of its remaining employees. However, Willie Walsh, chief executive of IAG, wrote on Monday to Tory MP Huw Merriman, who chairs the committee, saying the Government had “no plans” to help restart the aviation sector and that BA employees had been “betrayed” by trade union leaders and elected representatives. Mr Walsh wrote: “The approach that British Airways is taking is in full compliance with the law and has been used by numerous employers for many years. Asked during Monday’s Downing Street press conference about the MPs’ criticism, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said: “Ultimately it will be for businesses to decide how they navigate through this challenge.