Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Transportation / Storage
Land, Water And Air Transportation
Air Transport
51 - Air transport

11,000 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
7 July 2020
Employment effect (start)
7 July 2020
Foreseen end date
7 July 2023


As confirmed on 7 July 2020, the German airline Lufthansa plans to cut 11,000 jobs in Germany until 2023 due to internal restructuring. The worldwide job reduction includes the loss of up to 26,000 jobs and downsizes of air fleet from 760 to 660 aircraft machines. The decision comes in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis which has a strong negative impact on air travel and Lufthansa Group.

Furthermore, the newly published restructuring programme includes the reduction of board members of Lufthansa Cargo AG, LSG Group and Lufthansa Aviation Training; utilisation of state loans as fast as possible to avoid additional costs; a reduction of executive positions within the entire Lufthansa Group by 20%; the cut of 1,000 jobs in administration and the reduction of planned investments until 2023.

Lufthansa and the responsible trade unions have already started negotiations around the restructuring plan. The trade union Ufo (representing cabin crews) have already agreed on a job reduction, which will save the company approximately half a billion euros in costs and rest of the cabin crew employees will gain a non-dismissal clause until 2023. Negotiations with Ver.di (ground personal) and the trade union Cockpit (pilots) are still ongoing.   Lufthansa has 138,000 employees worldwide.



Eurofound (2020), Lufthansa, Internal restructuring in Germany, factsheet number 101177, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/101177.