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Tour operator TUI plans to cut 8,000 jobs worldwide

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Multinational tour operator TUI wants to cut 8,000 jobs worldwide, it announced on Wednesday.

That represents more than 10% of the company’s workforce. The job cuts are a result of the new coronavirus pandemic.

“We are targeting to permanently reduce our overhead cost base” by 30%, which “will have an impact on potentially 8,000 roles globally that will either not be recruited or reduced,” the company said.

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The group reported a strong net loss in the second quarter of its financial year (which was postponed from October to March), down 274.7%, losing €763.6 million. Its operating profit also decreased with €681 million or 181.2%.

TUI’s revenues also dropped by 10% compared to the same period in 2019.

In April, the Group made use of an emergency loan guaranteed by the German State for €1.8 billion, benefitting from a business aid plan including “unlimited” loans guaranteed by the public authorities.

But “the loans received are to be repaid within a short period of time,” the group said. This is why “the Group is now implementing a global program with extensive cost-cutting measures.”

The Brussels Times