Just one day after it announced 250 “temporary” job losses due to falling flight demand caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis, Latvian airline airBaltic added another 100 to the total, LTV reported March 12.
The news came shortly after airBaltic and President of the Republic of Latvia Egils Levits, opened a new hangar in Liepāja on March 12, construction of which started last August.
“If we look at the Baltic countries, airBaltic is the main passenger service provider, and airBaltic figures show that it is a growing company expanding into new niches. Today, too, we can see here that it is indeed a growing company that has great advantages. This new pilot training centre, where some 60 people are training at the moment – which I believe is a lot given the circumstances, proves that airBaltic is a stable and growing company,” said Levits at the opening ceremony in Latvia’s third-largest city.
The total area of the new aircraft hangar is 1200 m 2 and it provides space for more than 15 trainer aircraft and technical maintenance of Diamond aircraft for use by the airBaltic Pilot Academy. airBaltic executives were all smiles at the ceremony.
Minutes later LTV reported the additional job losses, and on Thursday evening airBaltic confirmed to LSM that an additional 100 job losses were confirmed. CEO Martin Gauss will appear on LTV Friday morning to explain more.
As reported by LSM less than 24 hours ago, on March 11 airBaltic announced 250 positions would be lost among its 1,600 employees. With the increase of that figure to 350, almost a quarter of the workforce now faces an indefinite layoff.