Airlines are planning massive layoffs in the coming months.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected entire industries, including aviation and tourism. As long as travel restrictions are active and people are panicking about the new coronavirus, planes are kept on the ground. IATA has warned that more than 27 million jobs are in danger from aviation, tourism and related structures. However, specialists mentioned that it will take at least 2 years for aviation and tourism to return to "normal" in 2019.
Massive layoffs in the coming months
And here is information about the massive layoffs prepared by airlines severely affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
RYANAIR is preparing to lay off about 3000 employees
RYANAIR is preparing to lay off about 3000 people, which means 15% of the total number of employees. More bases will be closed and the operational network will be diminished. RYANAIR expects to operate a small number of flights between May and June, and much of the fleet will be on the ground. At the same time, salaries will be reduced by 10% -20%. RYANAIR CEO Michael O'Leary announced that he has reduced his salary by 50% by March 2021.
American airlines will lay off up to 105 employees
American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines, the largest airline in the United States, is facing major financial problems. Although authorities are looking for solutions to finance the US aviation industry, airlines are preparing for massive layoffs. Some experts point out that 105 people could lose their jobs in the coming months.
However, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines could withdraw between 800 and 1000 aircraft from operational service. Let's not forget that American Airlines has already announced the withdrawal of 5 aircraft models from the fleet. Delta has announced that it is "retiring" the MD-80/90 aircraft fleet. And United gives up the Boeing 757/767 planes.
SAS will lay off 5000 people due to the COVID-19 pandemic
The Scandinavian airline SAS has announced that it will have to reduce its workforce by about 50%, which means the dismissal of 5000 people. But it does not rule out layoffs of up to 90% of the workforce if the COVID-19 pandemic continues until 2021.
Norwegian will lay off 4700 employees after the subsidiaries close
On 20 April 2020, Norwegian Air Shuttle was forced to close four subsidiaries in Denmark and Sweden. The reasons are clear! Financial problems exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis.
Following the bankruptcy, 1.571 pilots and 3.134 flight attendants will be laid off. Norwegian also has 700 pilots and 1.300 flight attendants in Norway, France and Italy, who will not be affected by this decision.
Lufthansa Group is restructuring and considering the dismissal of 18 employees
Lufthansa is taking drastic measures in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. And these measures are not temporary, but medium and long term. It is clear that after this crisis, travel will no longer be the same. In addition to this crisis generated by the new coronavirus, we will also face an economic crisis.
Besides fleet restructuring, Lufthansa Group is preparing to lay off up to 18 employees from all companies and subsidiaries. Lufthansa is currently negotiating with the authorities in Germany, Austria, Belgium and Switzerland to receive rescue funds. But even so, a reduction in staff is imminent amid declining demand for airline tickets and vacations.
The future is bleak for the aviation industry. At least in the short and medium term, airlines will greatly reduce their activities. Unfortunately, with serious repercussions on the economy and people in general.