German’s flag carrier, Lufthansa, has said it will cut 22,000 jobs as it reorganises in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. It is currently in negotiations with the appropriate unions and says it hopes to minimise the redundancies by introducing part-time work. It hope to have reached an agreement with the unions by June 22.
Lufthansa expects to operate about 100 fewer aircraft due to the slow recovery in demand expected by the industry.
The airline’s labour director, Michael Niggemann, said: “Without a significant reduction in personnel costs during the crisis, we will miss the opportunity of a better restart from the crisis and risk that the Lufthansa Group will emerge from the crisis significantly weakened.”
In May, Lufthansa agreed a €9bn rescue package with the German government to see it through the COVID-19 crisis, which involves the German administration taking a 20% share in the airline.
The news follows that of proposed job losses from several other major European air carriers, including British Airways (12,000 jobs), Ryanair (3,000), easyJet (around 4,500) and Virgin Atlantic (3,000),