“Ongoing restructuring programmes at (…) Brussels Airlines are being further intensified,” Lufthansa Group confirmed in a press release, restating that “Brussels Airlines plans to reduce its fleet by 30% and its workforce by 25%.”
In May, Brussels Airlines pilots had proposed to reduce their working hours and salary by 45% until 2023 to avoid job losses and save the company up to €100 million, to which management reacted that it favoured structural solutions over temporary measures.
Discussions with the Belgian authorities are ongoing regarding state aid, with measures worth €290 million on the table, but talks are complicated because the Belgian government wants guarantees that the money will go to Brussels Airlines and not to the group as a whole.
The government had proposed a solution in which it would get a seat on the Brussels Airlines board, a solution to which Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr was not opposed. However, the plan clashes with EU rules.