In a press release issued on Thursday, the company said that the closure of Russian airspace 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".
Finnair has canceled all flights to Russia until the same day and some of its flights to Asia 6. until March.
The airline currently flies to Singapore, Bangkok, Phuket and Delhi. In addition, Finnair plans to offer flights to Tokyo 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