In the looming economic crisis, Lufthansa wants to grow above all outside of Germany. The company is still on the profit path it started in the spring, said CEO Carsten Spohr on Monday evening in Frankfurt. He considers the recession in the home market to be "probably inevitable".
Spohr said: "Germany will be hit harder than other markets in Europe. It's almost a comfort that we now only generate a third of our sales in Germany."
Hiring of 20,000 new employees planned
Overall, the company is experiencing a rush for tickets after the Corona crisis, Spohr reported. "The desire to purchase our product is so strong that we can't keep up with production." Average revenues increased because tickets did not have to be marketed in the lowest booking classes. The CEO reiterated the goal of offering between 85 and 90 percent of the pre-crisis level in the coming year. To do this, it is necessary to hire around 20,000 new employees across the Group by the end of 2023. In addition, billions in investments in new aircraft, equipment and IT are planned.
Regarding the various collective bargaining conflicts in the group, Spohr said that the word partnership had to be filled with life again. The core of the Lufthansa brand includes the technical and aeronautical competence of the staff. In times of inflation, significant salary increases, especially in the lower groups, are "absolutely appropriate" and some starting salaries that were once negotiated are no longer tenable. Spohr explained: "We did not leave our employees alone in the pandemic, and we will not leave them alone in the inflation either."