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‘British Airways’ hasn’t said that it is shutting down its flight operations

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A video is doing the rounds on Facebook claiming that ‘British Airways’ is shutting down its flight operations. In the video, the narrator can be heard bidding ‘Goodbye’ and saying ‘Thank You’ to all the customers of British Airways across the world. Let’s fact-check the claim made in the post.

The archived version of the post can be found here.    

Claim: British Airways’ is shutting down its flight operations

Fact: ‘British Airways’ hasn’t said anywhere that it is shutting down its flight operations. Recently, British Airways has also said that it is looking forward to welcoming customers back on board. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.

When we searched for the video in the post, it wasn’t found on any of the official social media accounts of ‘British Airways’. When we visited the website of ‘British Airways’ to check if it has issued any notice or press release regarding the shutting down of operations, we found nothing on the website.

The video in the post was uploaded by a YouTube channel ‘Unite the Union Yout’ on ‘13 June 2020’ and it had the title ‘Thank You and Goodbye from the staff of British Airways’. The video had the description ‘British Airways’ has applied to dismiss all of its staff from 15 June 2020. As per a report of ‘BBC’ published on ‘13 June 2020’, British Airways planned a major restructuring of the company and it meant up to 12,000 redundancies and changes to the terms and conditions of the remaining staff. As per the news report of ‘The Sun’ published on ‘27 June 2020’, the Airlines had sacked 350 pilots and put 300 in ‘pool’ for rehire when needed. Not just British Airways, Dubai-based airlines ‘Emirates’ had also fired its 600 pilots and Germany’s Lufthansa Group has announced up to 22,000 job cuts. So, the job cuts is not confined to British Airways, but a global phenomenon across Airlines around the world.

In fact, British Airways has recently uploaded a video on ‘20 June 2020’ saying that the Airways is looking forward to welcoming customers back on board after the COVID-19 induced lockdowns.

On the British Airways website, the option to make bookings of flights is still available. Recently, the airlines even took delivery of two ‘Boeing 787-10’ aircrafts in a week. Based on these findings, it can be concluded that ‘British Airlines’ is not shutting down its operations.

To sum it up, ‘British Airways’ hasn’t said that it is shutting down its flight operations.

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