Finnair to seek additional layoffs

Finnair has begun discussions with its employees on possible additional layoffs.

Between April and June, Finnair is flying only 5 percent of its normal traffic and has thus already temporarily laid off its personnel.

Finnair will gradually add frequencies and routes back to its network starting from July. In July, Finnair aims to operate approximately 30% of its normal amount of flights. Finnair will review its schedule on a monthly basis and will update it as travel restrictions are removed and demand starts to recover. It estimates to fly approximately 70 percent of its normal capacity at the end of this year.

From July 1, 2020, Finnair will be flying to some 40 destinations in Europe and Asia.

As Finnair is not able to operate a full traffic program immediately due to the coronavirus situation, there is less work available for the personnel.  As Finnair has previously indicated, the need to adjust personnel resources to the situation continues at least for 2020. For this reason, Finnair will now start discussions with its personnel on additional layoffs.

The co-operations process concerns all of the approximately 6100 Finnair employees in Finland. The discussions will start on May 25. Finnair estimates that if realized, the layoffs could be temporary for fixed period of time or until further notice based on resource needs. Similar measures are planned for Finnair employees outside Finland based on the local legislation.

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