Due to the development of the ongoing Coronavirus crisis in the world and its impact on airBaltic’s network, the company is forced to further temporarily reduce the number of employees, mainly crew, by 100 people, summing up to 350 with the changes announced on March 11. The company will seek voluntary solutions, unpaid leave, non-extension of probation time and termination.
Martin Gauss, CEO of airBaltic: “Unfortunately the Coronavirus crisis is escalating. At the moment we are left with no choice – in these extraordinary times we must take extraordinary measures, so that our company is ready to rebound once this global crisis is over. There is no question, that eventually the situation will improve and airBaltic will return to its growth strategy. I am grateful to our team and the Latvian people for supporting us in these difficult days.”
airBaltic has cancelled a total of 580 flights from March 9 until May 31 due to Coronavirus. Due to health and safety reasons as well as actions taken by authorities, airBaltic has temporarily suspended all flights to Italy and Israel.
airBaltic has a well-developed crisis plan for various economic and operational crisis of the company. Since February 28, an action group C19AG has been established at the company, which regularly evaluates the latest situation and takes the necessary measures.