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Richard Hardy of the Prospect union, which represents engineers, said that the bmi takeover will have a particularly bad effect on the East Midlands.
General secretary of the pilots' union Balpa said:
International Airlines Group (IAG) - the parent company of British Airways - will be forced to give up a number of take-off and landing slots from Heathrow, as part of the bmi takeover. Routes to Nice, Cairo, Moscow and Edinburgh will be affected.
On gaining EC approval for the deal, IAG chief executive Willie Walsh said it was "great news for Britain" and also for British business and consumers.
The takeover has been bitterly opposed by Sir Richard Branson's airline, Virgin Atlantic, which has complained that the deal gives BA an over-strong presence at Heathrow.
The acquisition of bmi mainline will give British Airways an additional 56 average daily slots at Heathrow, of which up to 14 will be available to other carriers. Retained slots will be used to expand BA's operations at Heathrow with new destinations and more schedules.
Discussions with potential buyers for bmibaby and bmi Regional are continuing.
British Airways have said without its takeover of bmi, all 2,700 jobs at the company could have been lost.
The jobs facing the axe are at bmi's head office at Castle Donington in Leicestershire and at regional airports.
Jobs secured include 1,100 cabin crew, pilots and engineers at Heathrow and up to 400 passenger service roles at Heathrow's Terminal One.
The takeover of bmi by British Airways is set to lead to up to 1,200 job losses, the airline announced.
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Talks begin tomorrow with the unions to discuss where the 1,200 job losses at bmi will come from.