Lufthansa to possibly cut 22,000 full-time jobs amid coronavirus pandemic

Lufthansa is laying out its plans to slash more than 22,000 full time jobs and reduce the number of aircraft to lower than 100 as it recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. The covid-19 crisis is said to be the worst crisis to hit the aviation industry in history.

In a report from FlightGlobal, the airline group have met with representatives of three of its trade unions on 10 June and has set a goal of reaching agreement on the proposed job cuts by 22 June. The airline says its aim is to “avoid dismissals as far as possible by means of short-time work and crisis agreements”.

Lufthansa labor director Michael Niggerman said, "Without a significant reduction in personnel costs during the crisis, we will miss the opportunity of a better restart and risk Lufthansa Group [emerging] considerably weakened after it."

136,966 employees

The Lufthansa group has a total of 136,966 employees across its brands and subsidiaries. Under the Lufthansa group are Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian Airlines, and Brussels Airlines. This means that around 19% of its workforce are bound to lose their jobs.

“We want to avoid this scenario. That is why we are doing everything we can to achieve concrete results with our collective bargaining partners by 22 June,” says Niggemann.

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