By Daniel Hunter

News that IAG, the owner of British Airways, are to buy the BMI airline could result in the loss of 1,200 jobs.

BMI, formerly owned by Lufthansa, will integrate into BA operations with the help of unions, and will see IAG gain 56 more slots at Heathrow.

The Unite union said it was saddened by the proposed job losses and would seek to mitigate the impact of the cuts.

"Unite will be fighting to maintain as many jobs as possible and ensure that where vacancies exist people can be placed into suitable roles within BA," said national officer Oliver Richardson.

The deal,which was announced in December, will take effect on 20 April, according to IAG.

"The proposed UK redundancies consist primarily of roles based at bmi’s head office at Castle Donington and at regional airports," a statement on the BA website said.

"Consultation will seek to reduce the number and mitigate the impact of the proposed redundancies, including the potential to offer vacancies within British Airways at Heathrow."

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