British budget airline Easyjet will reduce the workforce by up to 30 percent. The company announced in an update on the measures to weather the crisis corona.
CEO Johan Lundgren Easyjet says it wants to reduce the fleet, because the demand for tickets is expected only in 2023 back to the level for the crisis. Lundgren speaks of difficult times for the company, but also very difficult decisions. The interventions are needed, according to him as much as possible to protect jobs in the long term. “Though we start on June 15 again flies, we expect that demand will be slow and will increase until about three years returned to the level of 2019,” said the CEO.
The coming days will start consultations with employees. Easyjet has around 15,000 employees in total. 2500 of them work in the office. In the Netherlands is about three hundred employees. It is not known yet who should leave and when that will happen.
According to easyJet’s fleet size will by the end of fiscal year 2021 are over three hundred units. That there are about fifty less than anticipated. That forecast was for the corona crisis.
The airline consults with airports and ground handlers to revise contracts and lower costs. Furthermore, time-dependent maintenance costs deferred now less flown. Also cut into sales and marketing expenses. Previously assured the company all of the necessary capital, including through loans and closing a revolving credit facility.
Lundgren emphasized that Easyjet will continue to play a leading role in major airports. The budget airline is one of the largest users of Schiphol. He closes as well will not be shut out of that base. On that is fed continuously consultations in accordance with the top man. “It is also to encourage airports to steps,” he said.
Given the ongoing uncertainties, it is not possible at this stage for Easyjet to provide financial forecasts for the remainder of the year.
When flights resumed Easyjet again be aboard measures to ensure the health and welfare of passengers and crew. For example, passengers have to bear, cabin crew and ground crew masks. Furthermore, the aircraft extra cleaned and disinfectant wipes and disinfectant available on board. Initially, no food will be served on board.