Finnair will cut about 700 jobs because of the market changes caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The redundancies will be implemented by the end of March 2021.
The changing travel restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic have forced the state-owned airline to reduce flights to about 75 a day.
Finnair serves 42 destinations in October, but frequencies will be reduced on almost all routes.
In August, Finnair carried 193,000 passengers, which is 85.8% less than in the corresponding period of 2019.
Finnair has received permission from Chinese authorities to begin operating one weekly flight as of July 23 between Helsinki and Shanghai.
The layoffs concern all employees in Finland, about 6,100.
For both airliners, the joint venture is another step to deepen their cooperation that began last year.
Finnair Cuts 90 Percent of Its Capacity From Beginning of April; Maintains Critical Air Connections for Finland
“We cannot fly customers in a situation where we may not be able to fly them back home.”
Finnair has already canceled approximately 1,400 flights from its network and is now further adjusting its network to the decreased demand.
Finnair will adjust its resourcing to the situation and will start negotiations on planned temporary layoffs affecting the entire Finnair personnel based in Finland.
Finland Cancels All Flights to Mainland China Until the End of the Winter Season Because of Coronavirus
“The coronavirus situation has led to a temporary decline in air travel between China and Europe,” Finnair says.
In order to allow Finnair customers who are currently traveling to return home to Europe and China, Finnair will operate flights between its Helsinki hub and its mainland China destinations until February 6.
The strike will affect several critical services at Helsinki Airport, including ground services such as loading and unloading of aircraft, fueling and push-back of aircraft, as well as Finnair customer services at Helsinki Airport, catering of Finnair flights and Finnair maintenance operations.
A citizens’ initiative for taxing air travel gathers over 50,000 signatures and heads to the parliament for consideration.
The safety ranking compares the largest 100 airlines by their key safety parameters.
The take-off of a Finnair plane was interrupted at the Brussels Airport on Thursday noon.
Mari Rouvi, the communications manager at Finnair, said that as a safety measure “a rule of two” is followed on Finnair’s planes.
Finnair was selected among the ten safest airlines in the world by AirlineRatings.com, the world’s only safety and product rating website.