Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture For Transport Equipment
Manufacture Of Other Transport Equipment
30.30 - Manufacture of air and spacecraft and related machinery
European Globalisation Fund (EGF)
Year: 2021, Case number: 5

5,000 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 (Airbus-2020-WO). In total, the group wants to cut around 15,000 posts by the summer of 2021. The cuts will take place almost exclusively in the commercial aviation branch. In France, Airbus plans to cut 5,000 jobs. Job destruction has been forced by the collapse in air travel as a result of the pandemic. The cuts have been strongly criticised by both the French government and unions.

Previous internal restructuring was recorded in the ERM database in 2018, with 470 job cuts (Airbus-2018-FR).

UPDATE 22/11/2021: The initial restructuring plan foresaw a downsize of 4,248 jobs in France. Thanks to Government's measures to revive the economic sector affected by the pandemic, the number of layoffs was reduced to 2,246 jobs.



Eurofound (2020), Airbus, Internal restructuring in France, factsheet number 106795, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/106795.