Under growing financial strain induced by a tenacious Covid 19, the Lufthansa Group Executive Board has informed employees’ main labor unions that some 22,000 jobs would have to be eliminated groupwide by June 22, 2020.
The Lufthansa Group which as of December 31st 2019 maintained a staff of 138,353 people, would aim to retain only up to 100,000 jobs when the current crisis is expected to end in 2021, according to Michael Niggemann, Executive Board Member Human Resources and Legal Affairs of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.
The core airline businesses that are part of the Group would contribute the following job reduction: from the 52,741 employed by Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa flight operation will drop 5,000 jobs (including 600 pilots, 2,600 flight attendants and 1,500 ground staff). Austrian Airlines would be affected by 1,100 job losses, Eurowings would lose 300 jobs and Brussels Airlines 1,000. Administrative and corporate positions will also contribute another 1,400 losses taken directly from Lufthansa AG various administrative and corporate redundant positions.
The last airline business segment to be targeted is Lufthansa Cargo which stands to lose 500 positions out of the 4,539 jobs that were staffed at the end of 2019.
Lufthansa AG non-flying businesses are to contribute another 4,500 job losses taken from the Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Lufthansa Technik company (including 2,500 losses in Germany) out of the 26,650 employees on hand prior to the crisis.
Finally the LSG Group catering segment which was staffed by 35,679 will suffer the loss of some 1,500 jobs within Germany and 8,300 at positions overseas.