Lufthansa to Reduce Capacity by 50%, May Ground A380s

By Paul Riegler on 6 March 2020
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Vienna International Airport is the hub for Austrian Airlines and Eurowings Europe

Lufthansa Group said late Friday that it may reduce capacity by up to 50% in the coming weeks. The move will impact all carriers owned by Lufthansa, including Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Eurowings, and Swiss International Air Lines.

The airline cited the “exceptional circumstances” of the drop in demand due the novel coronavirus as the reason for the move.

The German flagship carrier also said it is investigating the possibility of temporarily grounding its fleet of Airbus A380 superjumbo aircraft due to the slump in demand.

Other steps the airline is taking include a hiring freeze, offering unpaid leave to staff, and moving annual leave forward.

Lufthansa said it cannot yet provide figures on how much the slump in demand will cost the airline, but said it will provide key figures at a press conference on March 19.

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