easyJet is seeking to reduce its workforce by up to 30%, or 4,500 employees from 15,000 people in COVID-19 downsizing.
Even though easyJet did not specify how many jobs would go but we can recall that they employed around 15,000 people earlier this year. Furthermore, In the coming days, the British airline will start a consultation process with its staff.
The low-cost carrier argued that it did not expect aviation demand to return to levels seen last year until 2023 and was rightsizing its fleet and bases accordingly.
Meanwhile, easyJet is also planning to reduce its fleet to 302 aircraft, 51 aircraft lower than it had been scheming for the end of 2021 — but before the pandemic. For the rest of 2020, the airline is only expected to be flying around with just 30% of its originally planned capacity.
easy jet CEO Johan Lundgren said in a statement made available to tour telegraph that, this is a difficult time for the airline, hence difficult decisions are to be made. He added that: “we want to ensure that we emerge from the pandemic in an even more competitive business than before so that easyJet can thrive in the future.”
“Next 15 June, we will start flying again, but due to a very weakened demand we will only reach our 2019 level in three years from now,” the CEO predicts.
Recall that, easy Jet announced last week, that flight activity will resume from June 15th but this time around, new measures have been put in place to ensure the safety and wellbeing passengers and staff.The initial schedule will comprise mainly domestic flying in the UK and France.
Alongside the resumption of services, tour telegraph report that the airline announced a new range of additional measures will be in place to safeguard the safety and wellbeing of all customers and crew onboard. These new measures include: enhanced aircraft disinfection for easyJet aircraft; customers, cabin, and ground crew will be required to wear masks. More so, there will also initially be no food service onboard flights, all of which operate on a short-haul network.