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

1,100 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
14 July 2008
Employment effect (start)
30 September 2008
Foreseen end date


Spanair, a Spanish airline owned by the SAS Group, is to cut 1,100 jobs across Europe. At the beginning of July 2008, the company has announced a reorganisation plan that envisages 1,100 job cuts, out of 3,800 employees, and the elimination of nine routes. 120 redundant workers should be pilots. The company has taken this decision to cope with a global airline crisis, mainly due to the relevant increasing of fuel’s prices. Spanair was founded in December of 1986. It is 100% owned by the SAS Group (Scandinavian Airlines). Since April 2003, Spanair is a member of the Star Alliance network, the biggest airline alliance in the world. It has around 3,800 employees in the European Union.


  • 19 July 2008: Il Sole 24 Ore


Eurofound (2008), Spanair, Internal restructuring in European Union, factsheet number 66929, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/66929.