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Graduates 'could benefit' from BMI takeover

Published: Monday, 03 November 2008   Category: Transport and utilities

Jobs could be created in the UK travel sector following the acquisition of BMI British Midland by German carrier Lufthansa.

AA Appointments managing director John Tolmieat dispelled suggestions that redundancies could be made as a result of the takeover with comments which may buoy graduates seeking careers with Europe's major airlines.

Speaking to recruiter magazine, he said: "If a UK airline was taking over BMI then the chances are there would be plenty of cross over and therefore redundancies, but since Lufthansa's main hub in Germany and BMI is in the Midlands, chances are there won't be as much cross over."

Mr Tolmie added that, since Lufthansa may begin transatlantic flights from Heathrow airport, the airline could indeed require new employees.

Echoing these sentiments, Julia Fuell, managing director at New Frontiers, said travel recruitment was "business as usual" despite the current economic downturn.

BMI currently holds 11 per cent of the takeoff and landing slots at Heathrow Airport.

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