Lufthansa lays off 103 cabin crew members in India

Lufthansa has laid off 103 cabin crew members in India.

The German carrier, which had 56 weekly flights between Frankfurt and Munich and four Indian metros before COVID-19 pandemic,has now reduced it to 10.

It may be due to this restriction that the carrier has taken such a tough decision. However, the compnay has not mentioned this India service restriction as the reason for laying off.

In a statement company official said “regrets to confirm that it will not be extending the fixed-term employment contracts of its Delhi-based flight attendants. The severe financial impact of the Coronavirus pandemic leaves Lufthansa no choice but to restructure the airline. This includes personnel-related measures in Germany and Europe as well as in key international markets like India.”

Earlier,Lufthansa had agreed to reduce the number of flights under air bubble agreement established with India. This decision was taken in the backdrop of the differences with India that led both countries to cancel their national carrier’s operations once.

Now the airlines operates 10 flights — four to and from Delhi, three to and from Mumbai, and the other three to and from Bengaluru.

Lufthansa has about 140 cabin crew based in India . Some of the laid off employees are planning a protest at Delhi Airport’s Aerocity on Friday, a Times of India report said.