Group’s Spanair operation is to begin negotiations
with unions after laying out a rescue plan which aims to save €90 million over
2009, but which confirms the withdrawal of 15 aircraft by November and the
axing of nine routes.
1,060 personnel from Spanair and 130 from Fuerza de Ventas, the sales joint
venture between Spanair and SAS Group, could be
affected by job cuts across the equivalent of 954 full-time positions.
Palma de Mallorca-based airline presented the rescue plan today to its employee
representatives as well as the country’s ministry of labour, signalling the
beginning of a 30-day negotiation period. Spanair
says the measures, which will amount to a 24% cut in capacity, are designed to
secure 3,000 jobs at the carrier.
plan is the company’s response to the crisis that affects the whole airline
industry as a consequence of the continuous increase in fuel price, the
decrease in demand due to the economic slowdown in the Spanish market, and the
excess of capacity,” it adds.
Spanair’s plan will consolidate its seven bases into two,
located at Madrid and Barcelona,
in order to simplify its operations and reduce costs. The carrier has
previously said it would cut six routes from Madrid,
two from Biblao and one from Barcelona.