Lufthansa agrees employees on tough austerity course – jobs threatened

No other major German corporation is currently in as deep a crisis as Lufthansa. The German airline loses half a billion euros every month. That is why the company has to save even more than previously thought.

The corona-torn Lufthansa has prepared its employees for further cuts in staff and fleet. Because of weaker passenger numbers, the state-supported group had to adjust its plans, said CEO Carsten Spohr on Tuesday in an online question and answer session for employees.

A company spokesman in Frankfurt said on Wednesday that there are no specific decisions about the design of the fleet or about further job cuts. So far, the group has announced that it wants to cut 22,000 jobs worldwide, which corresponds to around 26,000 employees due to the high part-time quota.

The “Süddeutsche Zeitung” now writes up to 28,000 instead of the 22,000 jobs that would have to be cut. The reason: It is even questionable whether Lufthansa will ever achieve the sales of the pre-Corona years 2017 to 2019. The group is currently losing half a billion euros – every month.

Lufthansa wants to greatly reduce its fleet

Spohr had already indicated at the beginning of August that the initially planned reduction of the fleet by 100 to around 660 machines might not be sufficient. In particular, the large overseas machines, which are difficult to utilize and also consume a comparatively large amount of kerosene, are on the brink.Carsten Spohr, Lufthansa CEO. (Source: dpa / Arne Dedert / archive)Carsten Spohr, Lufthansa CEO.

The Airbus A380 and the older Boeing Jumbos of the type 747-400 could face the end. Lufthansa could also say goodbye to the four-engine Airbus A340.

Fewer aircraft would also require fewer personnel, even though Lufthansa also wants to acquire new aircraft, especially the Airbus A350, faster than originally planned. With the flight attendant union Ufo, the group has ruled out redundancies for Germany.

This could quickly become obsolete if demand continues to develop weakly. Lufthansa has not yet signed any long-term restructuring collective agreements with the unions for the pilots and the ground crew.

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