In the wake of British Airways, Ryanair or Virgin Atlantic, EasyJet announced on Thursday the layoff of 4,500 employees to deal with the shock of the coronavirus pandemic.
It’s a carnage for the EasyJet staff. The British airline announced on Thursday May 28 the reduction of 4,500 jobs, or nearly a third of the workforce, to deal with the shock of the coronavirus pandemic.
EasyJet, whose activity has been halted for several weeks, intends to preserve its finances and adapt to weaker air traffic for a long period. “We know this is a very difficult time and we have to make very difficult decisions that affect our employees, but we want to protect as many jobs as possible in the long term,” said Johan Lundgren, CEO of the carrier.
In support of its decision to reduce the workforce, the group emphasizes the fact that its aircraft fleet will be reduced due to reduced activity, but also the need to optimize its network and its bases, improve productivity and introduce more efficient working methods to remain profitable.
EasyJet also confirms a gradual resumption of its flights from June 15, especially domestic flights in the UK and France.
Cascaded job cuts
EasyJet thus joins its competitors. Air Canada will lay off more than half of the workforce (at least 19,000 employees), British Airways plans 12,000 cuts (30% of the workforce), American Delta Air Lines 10,000 voluntary departures (11%) and the Scandinavian SAS 5,000 job cuts ( 40%).
Staff cuts have also been announced by United Airlines (3,450 managerial jobs), British Virgin Atlantic (3,150 jobs), Irish Ryanair (3,000) and Aer Lingus (900), Icelandair (2) 000), Brussels Airlines (1000), Hungarian Wizz Air (1000) and Fiji Airways (758).
The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has estimated the impact of the pandemic on air turnover in 2020 at EUR 286 billion, a 55% reduction compared to 2019. And air transport should not return to its pre-pandemic traffic level by 2023, according to the association.
Companies are not the only ones affected. American manufacturer Boeing has announced a reduction of 16,000 jobs, or 10% of the workforce in civil aircraft, while US engine manufacturers General Electric and British Rolls-Royce have cut 12,600 and 9,000 positions.