The Finnish airline Finnair announced on Wednesday a plan to temporarily and temporarily dismiss all of its workforce in Finland, made up of more than 6,000 workers, to mitigate the financial impact caused by the coronavirus epidemic.
Finnair said in a statement that it will negotiate a Temporary Employment Regulation File (ERTE) with the workers’ representatives as of March 12, a process that will last about two weeks, according to its forecasts.
The objective of the airline, whose main owner is the Finnish State, is to agree temporary layoffs between 14 and 30 days to adapt its workforce to its operations, reduced by the cancellation of numerous flights due to the sudden drop in demand .
Finnair also warned that he plans similar measures in all those countries where he has his own workers.
The Finnish company has also announced new cancellations of flights that affect many of its Asian routes, its largest market in terms of billing.
Specifically, it will extend the suspension of all its flights to mainland China until the end of April, one month more than previously announced, and will also cancel its daily routes to Seoul at least until April 16.
It will also reduce the frequency of its flights to other important Asian destinations such as Hong Kong and Osaka (Japan), and will stop flying at least during the next month to Milan (Italy), origin of the coronavirus outbreak that has infected several Finnish tourists.
Finnair launched last Friday a warning of reduction of the expected benefits for this year due to the coronavirus epidemic and said that its comparable operating result (excluding extraordinary items) will be “significantly lower” than the 162.8 million euros of the 2019 financial year.