Finnair is starting temporary termination negotiations with its personnel

The national airline has announced that it will start negotiations with personnel representatives to lay off the flight crew for a maximum of 90 days.

In a press release issued on Thursday, the company said that the closure of Russian would cause significant changes to Finnair’s traffic.

"The need for additional monthly leave for pilots will vary from 90 to 200 from April and from 150 to 450 for cabin crew." The statement stated and added that the extent of layoffs depends on how "the emergency situation is progressing and what relief can be found".

The Russian authorities announced on that flights from and all other EU will be banned from entering Russian airspace until 28 May 2022.

Finnair has canceled all flights to until the same day and some of its flights to Asia 6. until March.

The airline currently flies to , , Phuket and Delhi. In addition, Finnair plans to offer flights to from March 9, avoiding Russian airspace, and is currently exploring the possibility of operating some flights to Korea and China, including along alternative routes.

The company said in a statement issued on Thursday that it is also preparing an alternative network plan in case the current situation is prolonged.

"Many of our staff have been on long layoffs during the pandemic, so the need for additional layoffs seems particularly severe and we regret this," Finnair’s Chief Operating Officer Jaakko Schildt said.

Prior to the Covid pandemic, more than half of the company’s revenue came from Asian traffic.

Source: The Nordic Page

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