TOULOUSE, France - Airbus says it plans to adapt its global workforce and resize its commercial aircraft activity in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
This initiative is expected to result in the loss of approximately 15,000 jobs summer 2021.
"The commercial aircraft business activity has dropped by close to 40% in recent months as the industry faces an unprecedented crisis," the company said in a statement.
"Commercial aircraft production rates have been adapted accordingly. Airbus is grateful for the government support that has enabled the company to limit these necessary adaptation measures. However with air traffic not expected to recover to pre-COVID levels before 2023 and potentially as late as 2025, Airbus now needs to take additional measures to reflect the post COVID-19 industry outlook."
Airbus said that following an in-depth analysis of customer demand that has taken place over recent months, the company plans to reduce 5,000 jobs in France, 5,100 in Germany, 900 in Spain, 1,700 in the UK, and 1,300 at other locations.
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-COVID-19 identified need to restructure Premium AEROTEC in Germany, which will now be implemented within the frame of this global adaptation plan.
Airbus says will work with its social partners to limit the impact of their plan by relying on all available social measures, including voluntary departures, early retirement, and long term partial unemployment schemes where appropriate.
"Airbus is facing the gravest crisis this industry has ever experienced," Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury said.
"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. Our management team and our Board of Directors are fully committed to limiting the social impact of this adaptation. We thank our governmental partners as they help us preserve our expertise and know-how as much as possible and have played an important role in limiting the social impact of this crisis in our industry. The Airbus teams and their skills and competences will enable us to pursue our ambition to pioneer a sustainable future for aerospace," Faury said.
(Photo credit: R. Ramadier | Airbus).