Lufthansa is restructuring its passenger operations from 1 April, in a move to cut management costs.

Subject to supervisory board approval, the company is to incorporate marketing, network management, operations, cockpit and, cabin crew and ground stations into an independent passenger division, effectively separating the running of the airline from the group management. The division will be led by a six-person executive board, responsible for financial performance and answerable to the Lufthansa group board.

Up to now, running the airline has been the responsibility of Klaus Nittinger, board member for operations, and Hemjö Klein, board member for marketing. Klein will remain on the group board, but Nittinger is resigning. The move comes in response to the deregulation of European airspace on 1 April, says Lufthansa. The aim is to trim management by 10%.

Source: Flight International