Lufthansa asks for government support and ‘considers grounding A380s’

Lufthansa has already taken measures to avoid lay-offs but is now asking for government assistance
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Airline group Lufthansa has taken a number of measures to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on its business but it is now asking the German Government for support as demand for travel continues to collapse.

Lufthansa is seeking ways of avoiding laying off staff after it cut capacity by around 50%.

According to a statement made to Bloomberg, the company is looking at implementing short-time work.

Lufthansa has, like other major airlines that rely on international routes, offered staff voluntary leave. It is also in talks with unions to avoid having to lay off staff.

In an internal email sent to employees and seen by Bloomberg, Lufthansa’s chief executive Carsten Spohr said that the virus’ impact on airline bookings has been “immense”.

He said that it could take months before the company “sees the first signs of stability”.

It has also been reported that Lufthansa is considering grounding its A380 fleet through May, although the group has not confirmed this to be the case.

Qantas was also rumoured to be considering grounding some of its A380s to cut costs while demand remains low.

Last month Emirates swapped A380s for smaller 777s on some of its routes to Asia.

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