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bmi takeover: 1200 jobs at risk

British Airways' takeover of bmi could result in 1,200 redundancies.

Jobs facing the axe are at bmi's head office at Castle Donington in Leicestershire and at regional airports.

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Pilots' union: 'Each job loss is a personal tragedy'

General secretary of the pilots' union Balpa said:

Our hearts go out to the large number of bmi HQ-based staff who appear to have borne the brunt of today's announcement, but each job loss is a personal tragedy.

We will be pressing for maximum redeployment opportunities for all bmi pilots, including bmi mainline, bmibaby and bmi Regional, inside BA.

These are uncertain times in the aviation industry and it is not helped by Government aviation policy on air passenger duty which is pricing many

– Jim McAuslan, general secretary of the pilots' union Balpa

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