British Airways is planning to cut jobs at Gatwick airport.

Airport news for Gatwick,Travel on 12/04/2012.

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The UK flag carrier said this week that it would be axing or transferring some 600 positions at the south London facility amid ongoing cost-cutting efforts. The airline said that the move includes about 170 customer service workers as well as 400 tarmac employees, which officials said will be replaced by outsourced workers.

Talks with labour unions regarding the move are already underway, the carrier said.

Meanwhile, the GMB union has called the effort a serious blow to staff morale; Gavin Davies said on behalf of the organisation that the union was intent on seeing “proper consultations” with union members through the ordeal. He said that members were asking the airline to remove the announcement from the table in order to make it happen.

Similarly, Unite union heads called on British Airways to guarantee that there would be no compulsory redundancies and have referred to the news as “extremely worrying”.

A statement issued by British Airways said that the move comes as a step in its plan to improve its business into a more competitive enterprise and to safeguard additional jobs for the foreseeable future.

British Airways is the last carrier that employs its own ground staff at Gatwick airport.

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