It was revealed this morning (22 June) that Burns has been given ‘leave of absence’ from the airline as the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) and the US Department of Justice (DOJ) investigate alleged price-fixing activity involving the carrier.
Burns and his boss commercial director Martin George have been given leave of absence during the investigation into BA and other airlines in relation to pricing of passenger air transportation, including fuel surcharges.
A BA spokesman opted not to comment this Thursday morning on who was now running its communications team. Burns himself was unavailable to comment.
Burns has held the top BA comms job for almost five years. George himself is a former BA marketing and comms director and regular spokesman for the airline .
BA said its policy is ‘to conduct its business in full compliance with all applicable competition laws’ and that it was assisting the OFT and DOJ with their investigations.