Czech Airlines to lay off as many as 36% employees

Czech Airlines has informed union representatives that number of its employees will be reduced by 77 pilots and more than 200 stewards and other people employed by the company.

“Terminations of an employment relationship in a regime of mass layoffs will occur in the period from 1 December 2014 to 31 January 2015,” Czech Airlines informed their employees by an e-mail.

Czech Airline's ground workers at Vaclav Havel Airport | Photo by Jan Uruba

Czech Airline’s ground workers at Vaclav Havel Airport | Photo by Jan Uruba

Czech Airlines announced that it won’t use 6 Airbus A320 aircrafts in the winter season of 2014/2015. According to management, no economically meaningful use was found and aircrafts are to be sold.

ČSA was the second airline in the world to initiate successful jet airliner services using the Tu-104 and simultaneously the first airline to fly regular jet-only routes. In 2010 ČSA fleet consisted of 50 aircrafts employing about 3300 people.

In recent years company faced great economic difficulties that have resulted in last year’s sale of large portion of company’s shares into the hands of Korean Air and ČSA reported a loss of 922 million crowns (approx. 36 million Euro). At the end of August of 2014 ČSA employed only about 230 pilots, 400 cabin crew members and almost 270 employees in the administration.