By ILARIA GRASSO MACOLA, cityam.com
British Airways (BA) has set a short-haul base in Madrid to beat the staff shortages that have forced the carrier to axe 1,400 flights.
The airline will open a cabin crew base in the Spanish capital and hire staff locally as to avoid putting passengers through cancelled flights and overall mayhem, the Telegraph reported.
The base will be in service for the short-term as BA has never set up short-haul bases outside of the London, where its short-haul crew has been based for the last 10 years.
“We are looking at a range of temporary options to ensure we can support our customers this summer as we ramp our operation back up,” a BA spokesperson told the outlet.
The move comes a couple of weeks after the airline was reportedly “luring” cabin crew away from rivals with a £1,000 welcome bonus, City A.M. reported.
Following a recent Covid-induced shortage of staff, BA said it was looking for cabin crew “with attestation and hold a current Heathrow or Stansted airside ID,” who could start working before the summer.
To ramp up ahead of the busy summer season and avoid travel disruption, the airline announced on Friday it was cancelling flights to Miami, Hong Kong and Tokyo.