Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Transportation / Storage
Land, Water And Air Transportation
Land Transport And Transport Via Pipelines
49.20 - Freight rail transport

600 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
30 June 2020
Employment effect (start)
1 July 2020
Foreseen end date
1 February 2021


The Czech air carrier Smartwings, which also includes flagship carrier Czech Airlines (ČSA), is to cut up to 600 jobs by February 2021 because of the COVID-19 crisis. The redundancies should take place gradually from July 2020 to February 2021 and will affect the pilots, flight crew and operational and administrative staff. Most employees will be dismissed at the ČSA - almost 400 people out of 700 employees will lose their jobs by the beginning of August 2020.Smartwings, which has about 2,500 employees and operates a fleet of 50 planes on mainly European routes, has been in talks with the Czech government over state aid. The government agreed on Monday 27 June that transport and travel companies may be eligible for a state loan guarantee programme COVID plus. 



Eurofound (2020), Smartwings, Internal restructuring in Czechia, factsheet number 101143, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/101143.