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British Airways Age Edinburgh-Heathrow Flight

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BRITISH Airways are set to axe the early morning “red eye” Edinburgh-Heathrow shuttle often used by Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Details emerged yesterday, just weeks after the airline dumped the Glasgow-Heathrow early flight.

And the Record can reveal that in March, BA will also chop their last flight back from Heathrow to Edinburgh.

The late-night Glasgow to Heathrow service was also recently dropped.

The reduction in flights comes as BA press ahead with plans to close their Scottish cabin crew operation which serves both Glasgow and Edinburgh.

A total of 138 jobs will go if the shutdown takes place in January.

Staff only became aware of the plan to slash Edinburgh flights when they examined rotas which start in March.

A cabin crew worker said last night: “Slowly, but surely, it seems all BA’s Scottish services are being scaled back.

“Nothing is safe any more. We genuinely fear the airline may pull out of Scotland altogether.

“The PM and the Chancellor use these flights and so do a lot of MPs, MSPs and business people. We hope they will put pressure on BA to change their mind.”

The axing of the Scottish shuttles comes as BA are anxious to use as many of their Heathrow landing and take-off “slots” for long-haul flights to maximise income.

The cabin crew source added: “The domestic flights are at an obvious disadvantage.”

Cabin crews have staged a high-profile fight against the closure plan.

BA insist the closure of the Glasgow base will mean no compulsory redundancies and have offered relocation to London for staff.

In the past five years, BA have slashed their workforce in Scotland with the closure of their Glasgow reservations call centre, Scottish travel shops, subsidiary bases, Glasgow ramp engineers and ground staff at Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness.

It also emerged yesterday that BA are in talks about a possible merger with Australian flag-carrier Qantas.

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