Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
France, Germany, Spain, UK, China, USA
Manufacture For Transport Equipment
Manufacture Of Other Transport Equipment
30.30 - Manufacture of air and spacecraft and related machinery

14,900 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
30 June 2020
Employment effect (start)
1 September 2020
Foreseen end date
31 July 2021


The aircraft manufacturer Airbus has announced a worldwide restructuring plan to cope with the COVID-19 crisis. In total, the group wants to cut around 15,000 posts by the summer of 2021. This is an even greater reduction than that carried out under the restructuring plan known as 'Power 8', which already provided for 10,000 job cutsin 2017. The cuts will take place almost exclusively in the commercial aviation branch, which employs 81,000 of the company's 135,000 employees. Airbus plans to cut 5,000 jobs in France, 5,100 in Germany, 1,700 in the United Kingdom, 900 in Spain and 1,300 at other sites in the rest of the world, notably in China and the United States, where the European aircraft manufacturer has set up assembly plants. Finally, these staff reductions include a little over 900 job cuts already decided at Premium Aerotec, a subsidiary of the group in Germany. These job cuts 'are the biggest job cuts Airbus has ever made' the CEO acknowledged. According to him, the group could not avoid it, while '40% of [its] business has disappeared'. By the end of April, US rival Boeing had already announced 16,000 job cuts, or 10% of its workforce.

Out of the 10,000 job cuts announced in 2007, several other EU or worldwide reorganisation have been recorded during the years, with 3,000 job creations in 2011, 1,164 job cuts in 2016 (and 230 job creations),  3,700 job cuts in 2018 and recently, 2,362 job cuts in its division Defence and Space



Eurofound (2020), Airbus, Internal restructuring in World, factsheet number 101147, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/101147.