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EasyJet to slash jobs in Berlin, cancel German domestic flights

EasyJet to slash jobs in Berlin, cancel German domestic flights

Mubasher: EasyJet said on Wednesday that it plans to cut jobs and the number of aircraft stationed in Berlin as part of its retrenchment over the coronavirus (COVID-19), Reuters reported. 

The British low-cost carrier also suggested scrapping domestic German flights.

Airlines across Europe have set out plans to slash thousands of jobs as they assume travel demand would take several years to return to the levels seen in 2019.

Last Tuesday, easyJet set out its plan to reduce British pilot numbers, but today it confirmed it had launched a consultation in Germany to cut its presence in the German Capital.

Previously, EasyJet said it needed to slash 4,500 jobs in total to stay competitive.

German union Verdi described the step as a black day for Berlin air traffic, affirming that easyJet wanted to withdraw from domestic travel and lower the number of aircraft it has in Berlin to 18 from 34, and halve the number of employees from around 1,540.

“Unfortunately the lower demand environment means we need fewer aircraft and have less opportunity for work for our people - we are committed to working constructively with our employee representatives across the network,” CEO of the British airline Johan Lundgren explained.

“Although we will remain Berlin’s largest carrier, we have to adjust our schedule to reflect the demand following the pandemic and focus on profitable flying,” he concluded.