July 16, 2020 / 2:01 PM / in 19 days

FACTBOX-Airlines shrink workforce as coronavirus cripples travel

 (Adds British Airways, EasyJet, El Al Israel, Emirates and
Qatar Airways)
    July 17 (Reuters) - Global airlines, which had warned of
drastically shrinking their workforce due to a collapse in air
travel amid the coronavirus crisis, are now serving layoff
notices to employees, sending them on unpaid leave, cutting pay
or seeking voluntary retirements.
    The following table lists some carriers that have announced
changes to their workforce in the face of the continuing
COVID-19 pandemic:
    
 AIRLINE     RIC         CHANGES
 AIR FRANCE              The carrier plans to cut 6,560,
                         or 16% of jobs, at the main
                         airline by the end of 2022, and
                         another 1,020 jobs will go over
                         the next three years at sister
                         airline "HOP!", representing 42%
                         of staff             
                         
 AMERICAN                The airline, with more than
 AIRLINES                130,000 employees in 2019, is
 GROUP INC               sending 25,000 notices of
                         potential furloughs to frontline
                         workers and has warned that
                         demand for air travel is slowing
                         again as COVID-19 cases increase
                         and states re-establish
                         quarantine restrictions
                                     
                         
 AZUL SA                 The Brazilian airline has laid
                         off nearly 1,000 employees, or
                         about 7% of its staff
                                     
                         
 BRITISH                 Unite, the union which
 AIRWAYS                 represents the airline's cabin
                         crew,  says the 30,000 staff it
                         plans to keep are being given
                         new contracts, some with pay
                         cuts of up to 70%. British
                         Airways says it has proposed pay
                         cuts to a maximum of 20%. The
                         airline has previously said it
                         plans to cut 12,000 staff, or
                         more than a quarter of its
                         workforce             
 DELTA AIR               About 17,000 workers at Delta,
 LINES INC               which had more than 91,000
                         employees in 2019, opted for
                         buyouts and over 45,000 are
                         taking varying short-term unpaid
                         leave             
                         
 EASYJET                 The British low-cost airline has
                         said that 727 of its UK-based
                         pilots are at risk of
                         redundancy, equivalent to about
                         one-third of its pilots in the
                         country. EasyJet said in May it
                         needed to cut 4,500 jobs to stay
                         competitive             
 EL AL                   The airline, which sent nearly
 ISRAEL                  all its 6,500 employees on
 AIRLINES                unpaid leave, is expected to cut
                         its workforce by about 2,000
                                     
 EMIRATES                The Dubai state-owned carrier's
                         workforce of 4,300 pilots and
                         nearly 22,000 cabin crew could
                         shrink by almost a third from
                         pre-coronavirus levels
                                     
 KENYA                   To lay off an unspecified number
 AIRWAYS                 of workers, reduce its network
                         and get rid of some assets due
                         to the coronavirus crisis
                                     
                         
 LUFTHANSA               Germany's Lufthansa, which
                         employs about 138,000 people,
                         will cut 20% of its leadership
                         positions and 1,000
                         administrative jobs in a
                         restructuring plan             
                         
 QANTAS                  Australia's airline is axing at
 AIRWAYS                 least 20% of its workforce under
 LTD                     a sweeping cost-saving plan. The
                         6,000 job cuts will come from
                         across the airline's 29,000
                         workforce. A further 15,000
                         workers will remain furloughed
                         until Qantas begins operating
                         more flights             
                         
 QATAR                   Qatar Airways will lay off some
 AIRWAYS                 pilots and reduce the salaries
                         of others by as much as a
                         quarter due to the impact of the
                         global coronavirus pandemic. The
                         company has previously said it
                         would lay off close to 20% of
                         its more than 40,000-member
                         workforce             
 UNITED                  The airline has sent 36,000
 AIRLINES                furlough notices, representing
 HOLDINGS                about 45% of workers
 INC                                 
                         
 

 (Compiled by Ankit Ajmera in Bengaluru and Sarah Morland in
Gdansk; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty and Maju Samuel)
  
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