In April, up to half of the flights of German airline Lufthansa and its subsidiaries Swiss, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Eurowings will be canceled. This decision is due to a reduction in demand for airline tickets because of the coronavirus epidemic, as The Guardian reports.
"In recent days, the Lufthansa Group has seen a sharp reduction in bookings and numerous cancellations of flights due to the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Currently, all traffic areas are affected," the report said.
The company, which includes Swiss International Air Lines and Austrian Airlines, is considering temporarily restricting the operation of Airbus A380 Superjumbo aircraft from its fleet in Frankfurt and Munich. The carrier will reduce to half its flights from April.
These measures are aimed at reducing the financial impact of еру falling demand. In addition, in order to reduce costs, the airline temporarily suspended the hiring of new employees, informs Deutsche Welle. In addition, the company is negotiating with unions to avoid layoffs, offering staff a variety of part-time models.
According to CNN, a day earlier, on Thursday, Lufthansa announced the cancellation of 7,100 European flights in March, mainly within Germany or on routes to Italy. This represents about 25% of the total number of Lufthansa flights.
As we reported earlier, the number of cases of coronavirus Covid-19 exceeded 100,000 people around the world.