Around the world: Virgin cuts flights and jobs are threatened

600 workers at Virgin Atlantic could face redundancy after the airline recently announced it was cutting back on its winter services.

The airline is reducing the number of flights by seven percent compared to last year in response to falling sales. These include cutting its Heathrow-Chicago daily service, and halving its service between Heathrow and Hong Kong from two to one per day.

The exact number has yet to be determined but Virgin said it hoped any headcount reduction could be achieved through sabbaticals, job sharing or voluntary redundancy. It confirmed it would begin a period of consultation with workers shortly.Earlier this year, the airline said another 600 jobs would go due to the downturn in the aviation sector.British Airways also announced changes to its winter schedule, decreasing flight frequency from Heathrow to destinations including Paris, Brussels and Berlin, although it is not axing any routes and is increasing the number of flights to other destinations, including Warsaw and Istanbul.