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

2,000 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
10 October 2003
Employment effect (start)
1 October 2003
Foreseen end date


In April 2003, Lufthansa announced that it has to reduce costs due to the crisis in the aviation sector. Nevertheless, there was no workforce reduction announced until October 2003. In the meantime a cost reduction programme was launched including the reduction of working time and capacity. Beginning of October 2003, Lufthansa announced plans to cut 2,000 jobs in Germany within the next years. The planned workforce reduction represents 3.4% of its 59,000 employees in Germany and 2.1% of its 94,000 employees worldwide. About 1,000 jobs are likely to go at the LSG Sky Chefs catering division, while other units affected include cargo and property management.


  • 10 October 2003: Lufthanseat - Interview Manfred Calsow
  • 31 March 2003: Financial Times Deutschland
  • 29 April 2003: Lufthansa - Press release
  • 25 March 2003: Lufthansa - Press release


Eurofound (2003), Lufthansa Deutschland AG, Internal restructuring in Germany, factsheet number 59726, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/59726.