SAS Will Cut 5,000 People Across Scandinavia As Covid-19

Scandinavian Airlines said it will seek layoffs of up to 5,000 for the restructured Covid 19 world.

The epidemic eliminated most of the air travel needs, thereby eliminating the commercial base of many airlines.

Currently, SAS operates a limited domestic network in Norway and Sweden.

Given the current travel restrictions, SAS said it expects limited activity during important summer months.

“Covid-19 forced SAS to face an unprecedented new reality that will not only reverberate in the next few months, but also in the next few years.”Our ambition is to continue to be the leading airline in Scandinavia and play a leading role in Scandinavian infrastructure as a guarantor of national and international connectivity.

“In order to continue to perform this important social function, we need to adjust the cost basis according to the current situation.

SAS CEO Rickard Gustafson said: “Unfortunately, we are forced to adjust our workforce to reduce passenger demand.”

He added: “Especially considering the company’s success in recent years, this is due to the excellent work performed by the competent and dedicated employees of SAS.

“We will now work closely with union representatives and others to find solutions to affect as few people as possible.

“In addition, if demand recovers faster, we are still prepared to rapidly expand our business and reduce the number of affected positions.”

The average notice period for SAS employees is six months.

The number of possible layoffs will be divided between approximately 1,900 full-time positions in Sweden, 1300 full-time positions in Norway and 1,700 full-time positions in Denmark.

The carrier stated that these procedures will be carried out in accordance with the labor law practices of the respective country.

SAS said that in this process, it hopes to actively cooperate with trade unions and other stakeholders to find solutions to reduce the actual number of layoffs across the group.