Wales politics

British Airways set to cut 66 jobs at Cardiff maintenance base

BA 787 Image copyright BA
Image caption BA's new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft will be maintained at the company's south Wales base

The British Airways maintenance base next to Cardiff Airport is set to lose 66 jobs.

The company said it was consulting workers about restructuring proposals to "ensure we continue to deliver a sustainable and competitive service".

BA expected to find volunteers to go from more than 700 workers at the base.

Skills Minister Julie James said there was "no reason for alarm" but Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies said the proposals were "worrying".

Mr Davies, who represents the area as a South Wales Central AM, said he was concerned about the facility's long-term future in the Vale of Glamorgan.

"Just last year the operation received a boost when it was chosen to work on the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, so this news does come as something of a surprise," he said.

Asked about the matter in the Senedd on Wednesday, Ms James said the Welsh Government was "working closely" with BA as it sought volunteers for redundancy, saying Jobcentre Plus and Careers Wales would be asked to support all staff affected.

She added: "We have no reason to think there is any fundamental structural problem. There is no reason for alarm for the rest of the staff".

Plaid Cymru's Shadow Economy Secretary Adam Price said it was "clearly unwelcome news in deeply uncertain economic times" and a "serious blow" to the aerospace sector.

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