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

1,000 - 1,500 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
25 September 2009
Employment effect (start)
25 September 2009
Foreseen end date
31 December 2010


Austrian Airlines (AUA), Austria's national air carrier, plans to cut between 1000 to 1500 jobs out of its 7100 staff members by the end of 2010. This represents an increase on original plans to shed 1000 jobs announced at the beginning of July 2009. The announcement of bigger losses was made by AUA management on 25 September 2009 and confirmed at the beginning of February 2010. Management explained that it had to amend its savings plan for the company to get the company through its current crisis. AUA's new holding company Lufthansa, which took over AUA in late summer 2009 has demanded the big cuts. With the exception of the Tyrolean subsidiary, which planned to cut about 170 jobs in 2009, the first wave of layoffs came into effect in early 2010, when the employees' temporary protection against dismissal on grounds of short-time work arrangements elapsed. For the period January to March 2010 the company has sent the Labour Market Service (AMS) written notification of the planned dismissal of 530 employees. Apart from direct dismissals the AUA has also offered ‘golden handshakes' in the form of additional severence payments in the case of an employee's voluntary withdrawal. The workforce representation has criticised management for restructuring the company in a way that harms employees with little obvious benefit. A social plan for the employees affected has already been worked out.



Eurofound (2009), Austrian Airlines (AUA), Merger/Acquisition in Austria, factsheet number 69914, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/69914.