IATA expects passenger air transport to return to pre-coronavirus crisis levels by 2023 at the earliest.
The Dubai airline Emirates last announced its planned redundancies this weekend, threatening to cut about 9,000 jobs. This was stated by the president of the company Tim Clark, according to the BBC server. Before the coronavirus crisis, the company employed 60,000 people.
The American airline United Airlines is considering dismissing almost half of its staff due to the effects of coronavirus. As of October 1, 36,000 employees could be out of work due to a drop in demand. United Airlines is the first major US airline to announce the possible extent of redundancies despite the multi-billion government support the industry has received in the United States.
United executives said that after a brief recovery in travel demand, interest is now stagnating again due to an increase in coronavirus cases and restrictions in some countries. They said in a statement to employees that “it is increasingly likely that demand will not return to normal until a vaccine or drug is widely available.” The dismissal of tens of thousands of people has also been announced by American Airlines or Delta, some of which are trying to send them into early retirement.
A flight attendant finds a job easier than a pilot
In Asia, according to investors and auditors, the existence of Malaysia’s Air Asia, the largest low-cost airline in the region, is threatened. They have previously announced that they will have to lay off up to a third of their 20,000 employees. Airlines in Latin America or Australia, for example, cannot avoid redundancies.
In Europe, Germany’s Lufthansa will abolish 20 percent of management positions and a thousand positions in the administration. She reiterated that she had 22,000 employees, but she was said to try to avoid their forced dismissal.
Last month, the shareholders of the German company approved a government rescue package of nine billion euros (240 billion CZK) to help airlines avoid bankruptcy. Already at the beginning of April, the company decided to downsize the squadron and end the activities of the low-cost subsidiary Germanwings. Its employees in the center of Berlin protested against it.
British Airways intends to reduce its numbers by 12,000 people, Air France by 7,500 employees. In France, redundancies are to be spread over two years. The low-cost EasyJet will lay off 4,500 people, which is about 30 percent of all employees. Irish Ryanair has announced a reduction of 3,000 people. With the pilots who remain, he agreed to reduce salaries by 20 percent for four years.
The domestic Smartwings group, to which Czech Airlines belongs, is also getting rid of people. It will lay off about 600 employees. Another 450 people will lose their jobs at Prague Airport. Some flight attendants helped, for example, in hospitals or social facilities during the interruption of air traffic, while others immediately started looking for another job.
“Stewardesses can also look for work in services in general – they are usually well-versed and have experience in customer service, it is of course more difficult for pilots to find something similar to their job,” said Tomáš Surka, JobConnector’s human resources manager. The redundancies will also affect employees of producers. Airbus will lay off 15,000 people, Boeing will leave 16,000 employees. However, other manufacturers are also laying off, such as the Italian-French ATR or the Brazilian Embraer.