The airline industry is in the midst of a crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic. British Airways is preparing to cut almost a third of its 42 thousand employees. 12 thousand people can remain without work.
Icelandic airline Icelandair has to lay off two thousand people. Up to five thousand employees of SAS (Scandinavian Airlines) will become unemployed. Restructuring measures will be needed until the demand for air travel returns to the 2019 level. According to experts, this can take several years.
What will change in the work of airlines when countries quarantine and open borders?
According to Richard Gustafson, head of SAS, new rules will be introduced to ensure that social distance is maintained both on the ground and in the air, processes for boarding passengers in aircraft, aircraft handling systems will be adjusted … “The most important thing here is to agree on common world standards “This is what bothers me most. If each country introduces its standards, it will be practically impossible to carry out international transport.”
The management of low-cost airline EasyJet plans to leave middle seats empty after resuming flights and put passengers at the windows and the aisle. The International Air Transport Association believes that this will lead to a jump in ticket prices.
Alexander de Zhuniak, head of the international air transport association: “If we reduce so many seats on airplanes, it will be simply impossible to make low-cost trips. So either we don’t fly, or we increase ticket prices by 50, or even 100 percent. The availability of low-cost air travel was a strong point for our industry, as it made it possible for many people to fly, rather than a privileged number of customers. “
Aircraft companies are also suffering damage. The consolidated net loss of the European aerospace corporation Airbus for the first quarter of 2020 amounted to 481 million euros against a profit a year earlier.