Lufthansa to cut Swiss jobs, may axe cargo fleet

Administrative jobs may go in sales and human resources

Lufthansa is likely to slash administrative jobs in Switzerland as part of its cost-saving measures, CEO Christoph Franz says, possibly in the areas of sales and human resources. The German airline group currently owns Swiss International Air Lines. “We are intensively looking into location-related costs,” he told the SonntagsZeitung newspaper in an interview. “[Switzerland] is a relatively expensive location. We will have to consider to what extent and where we can still afford to carry out personnel-intensive services.”
Meanwhile, if a ban on night flights at Frankfurt airport between 22:00 and 05:00 is confirmed by a court in Leipzig on April 4, Lufthansa says its air freight business may have to abandon its freighter fleet in the long term, consisting of 18 McDonnell Douglas MD 11 planes. Lufthansa Cargo will be unable to sustain its 2011 operating profit of €249 million in 2012 due to the night-flight ban in Frankfurt, overcapacity and a weak market in China.


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