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BA opts to keep two call centers in-house, dashes Capita's hopes

LONDON, March 28 (Reuters) - British Airways will keep its call centers in Newcastle and Manchester in-house and add millions of pounds of extra investment, the airline said on Wednesday, dashing Capita's hopes of winning contracts to run the operations.

"I am pleased that following a very detailed review, we are planning to retain both of our long-standing UK call centers in Newcastle and Manchester," British Airways Chief Executive Alex Cruz said.

Capita had been in a period of "exclusive engagement" with British Airways to support BA's global customer contact operations, which it said handles around 9.5 million calls a year. (Reporting by Alistair Smout; editing by Kate Holton)