Lufthansa warns additional savings are ‘indispendable’
The German airline Lufthansa, the parent company of Brussels Airlines, calls additional savings in expenses “indispensable” in a letter to its staff on Sunday. It will be forced to keep an extra 125 airplanes grounded, that were scheduled to fly this winter.
This winter 2020/2021, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group can probably not offer more than a quarter of their services because only one-fifth of the usual number of passengers compared to one year before will be flying, the letter continues.
Lufthansa succeeded in reducing the loss of income of one million euros per hour at the beginning of the pandemic to one million euros per two hours, the letter says. One of the remarkable measures the company now takes is to keep 125 airplanes grounded.
Keeping 100 000 staff on board
“Our initial plan to provide 50% of our capacity by the end of this year, is no longer feasible,” the management states. However, the letter continues, “Lufthansa is determined to keep at least 100 000 of the 130 000 employees on board”.
Last week, the company announced it suffered an operational loss of 4,1 billion euros during the first nine months of the year, and this loss still will increase significantly in the last months of the year. It is not clear yet what the consequences will be for Brussels Airlines.