Airbus has said it expects to reduce its workforce
by around 15,000 employees
The company anticipates the
need to cut its global workforce by
5,000 positions in France;
5,100 positions in
900 positions in Spain;
1,700 positions in the UK;
1,300 positions at Airbus’ other worldwide sites.
These figures include the Airbus subsidiaries
Stelia in France and Premium AEROTEC in Germany. However, they do
not include approximately 900 positions stemming from a
pre-COVID19 identified need to restructure Premium AEROTEC in
Germany, which will now be implemented within the frame of this
global adaptation plan.
The process is expected to begin in Autumn 2020
and finish no later than summer 2021.
“Airbus is facing the gravest crisis this industry
has ever experienced,” said Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury. “The
measures we have taken so far have enabled us to absorb the
initial shock of this global pandemic. Now, we must ensure that we
can sustain our enterprise and emerge from the crisis as a
healthy, global aerospace leader, adjusting to the overwhelming
challenges of our customers. To confront that reality, we must now
adopt more far-reaching measures.”
The commercial aircraft business activity has
dropped by close to 40% in recent months as the industry faces an
unprecedented crisis created by the ongoing global COVID19
pandemic. And with air traffic not expected to
recover to pre-COVID19 levels before 2023 and potentially as late as
2025, Airbus says it needs to take additional measures to reflect the
post COVID19 industry outlook.