Lufthansa wants to aid the state, the Helvetic dismisses pilots

With this type of crisis in the air travel industry as a whole had never faced. The Coronavirus is pushing even healthy corporations to their limits. The Luftha

Lufthansa wants to aid the state, the Helvetic dismisses pilots

With this type of crisis in the air travel industry as a whole had never faced. The Coronavirus is pushing even healthy corporations to their limits. The Lufthansa group, which also includes the Swiss , would like to ask the governments of the home markets by state aid, such as the German "Handelsblatt" reported. Meanwhile, the group has confirmed the. The reason for this is Because of a shut-down operation, and a slump in bookings, it is short of liquidity. The Swiss always have to cut more flights. Initially, there was talk of a reduction of 25 per cent. Then it was 50 percent. In the meantime, the speech is not to stress 70 percent of all flights.

The has an effect on another Swiss Airline Helvetic Airways is a major part of their turnover with the so-called Wetlease business. This means that you fly with your aircraft and Crews on behalf of other Airlines. The main customer is the Swiss. "A significant number of Wetlease flights have been cancelled," says spokesman Mehdi Guenin. "The decline is noticeable." However, while other Airlines, including Lufthansa group, have to Park airplanes, we at Helvetic even without this measure. Instead, deliveries of the new plane is delayed, older earlier ausgeflottet. Actually, Helvetic had planned this summer with 15 to 16 aircraft, now it should be only 13. In addition, it has reduced the number of seats offered per aircraft. "We, the Seating capacity will be limited to 100 passengers," said Guenin. So it is possible to operate with less staff – two in Cockpit and two in the cabin and "to offer competitive prices". Without the human measures Helvetic does not come from. Around 10 pilots had to release the Airline. A hiring freeze was imposed.

After all, it is in a different area requests: the Charter business. There companies, tour operators or private aircraft for one or several flights, including staff hire. It is, according to the Helvetic primary groups and business travelers who come back to their homeland. "This week we flew a group of 35 persons from Palermo to Zurich. We are convinced that this kind of orders in the coming weeks, will increase," said Guenin.

Created: 13.03.2020, 18:23 PM

Updated Date: 13 March 2020, 22:00

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