British Airways is seeking to cut pilot numbers by a quarter as it slashes costs to weather the coronavirus crisis, according to a letter sent to union leaders and seen by Reuters. 

Under the plan, BA would cut 1,130 captain and co-pilot jobs from its headcount of 4,346, the IAG-owned airline's head of flight operations told the BALPA union in the letter. 

"In a short space of time the situation has significantly deteriorated," the April 28 letter reads, adding that BA may yet be forced to suspend the few services still running from London Heathrow. 

"There are no clear signs of improvement in air passenger demand," it added.