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Airbus Shedding 15,000 Jobs, Mostly in Europe

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PARIS—Battered by the coronavirus pandemic, European aircraft manufacturer Airbus said Tuesday that it must eliminate 15,000 jobs, mostly in Europe, to safeguard its future and warned of more thin years ahead.

“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,” the company said in a statement.

No later than the summer of 2021, Airbus wants to shed 5,000 workers in France, 5,100 in Germany, 1,700 in Britain, 900 in Spain, and 1,300 others at facilities elsewhere.

Airbus said it wants to start making the cuts within months, from this autumn. It will aim for voluntary departures and early retirements, but also said that compulsory job losses cant be ruled out. It said it is already consulting with unions.

Airbus said its commercial aircraft business activity has plummeted by close to 40 percent as the pandemic has shut borders, brought mass tourism to a screeching halt, and put airlines on their knees, thumping the European manufacturer and its rival Boeing.

“Airbus is facing the gravest crisis this industry has ever experienced,” the companys CEO, Guillaume Faury, said in the statement. “The measures we have taken so far Read More – Source