Frankfurt, 7 July 2020 (dpa/MIA) — Lufthansa on Tuesday announced plans to cut 1,000 of a total of 5,000 jobs in administration, as the flagship German carrier battles to survive the coronavirus crisis.
The number of executive positions throughout Lufthansa Group is to be reduced by 20 percent, equivalent to 200 jobs, the firm said.
After downsizing the executive board of the Lufthansa parent company, the corporation now plans similar actions at its subsidiaries, with Lufthansa Cargo AG, LSG Group, and Lufthansa Aviation Training to lose one board position each.
Lufthansa says its finances are now secure, after shareholders approved an EUR multi-billion bailout from the German government and commitments were made by the governments of Austria and Switzerland.
“However, the complete repayment of government loans and investments, including interest payments, will place an additional burden on the company in the coming years, making sustainable cost reductions inevitable for this reason as well,” the airline wrote in a statement.
According to the company’s calculations, the catastrophic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on air travel has resulted in 22,000 full-time positions becoming surplus across the Lufthansa Group, which has around 138,000 employees.
However, Lufthansa said it was working to avoid layoffs where possible.
The company is currently in negotiations with German trade union giant Verdi and Vereinigung Cockpit, which represents pilots, on restructuring measures aimed at the battered airline’s recovery.
An agreement has already been reached with the UFO union, which represents cabin crew.
At the beginning of April, Lufthansa announced it would cut its fleet by 100 planes over the medium term and to shut down its Germanwings budget subsidiary completely.
The group, which includes the brands Swiss, Austrian, Eurowings and Brussels in its portfolio, is in talks with aircraft manufacturers on delaying deliveries of planes on order.
Current budgeting up to 2023 provides for at most 80 new planes to be delivered. This represents an investment cut of around half in new planes.