BERLIN: Lufthansa will lay off 29,000 staff by the end of the year and German airlines will cut another 10,000 jobs in their home country next year as it struggles to contain the coronavirus, a newspaper reported on Sunday (December 6).
The airline and its subsidiaries – Eurowings, Switzerland, Austrian and Brussels Airlines – have slashed their schedules, fleets and staff, with air travel not expected to recover to pre-pandemic levels before 2025.
Citing unnamed company sources, the newspaper Bild am Sonntag said that Lufthansa will cut 20,000 jobs outside Germany, while also selling its catering unit LSG, which employs 7,500 people, bringing the total staff down to 109,000.
Next year, another 10,000 jobs will be cut off in Germany. This has spent € 3 billion (US $ 3.64 billion) of the € 9 billion government bailout he raised earlier in the year, the newspaper said.
Lufthansa has too many of its equivalent of 27,000 full-time staff, Chief Executive Carsten Spohr said last month, even as the airline promised unions not to cut jobs in exchange for bonus cuts and other payments.
The deal to cut costs and save jobs at Lufthansa has won the backing of a majority of Verdi’s union members who work for German airlines as ground staff, according to voting results seen by Reuters on Friday.
An official announcement is expected on Monday.
The deal with Verdi follows months of talks, in which the union accuses management of trying to stop work even after taking bailouts to keep his plane flying.