Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Toulouse, Suresnes
Manufacture For Transport Equipment
Manufacture Of Other Transport Equipment
30.30 - Manufacture of air and spacecraft and related machinery

546 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
80 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
12 June 2017
Employment effect (start)
1 July 2017
Foreseen end date
30 June 2018


Airbus Group SE has announced to its European Central Works Council further details on the company’s planned restructuring as of 1 January 2017. As part of the restructuring measures, Airbus Group envisages a progressive reduction of its current workforce of around 136,000 by a maximum of 1,164 positions worldwide. According to an employment security plan signed in June 2017 with the representative unions, 546 will be cut in France in Suresne where a site employing 350 people will be closed and at the headquarter in Toulouse. 184 positions will be move from Suresnes to Toulouse. In the framework of the employment security plan, 80 recruitments are foreseen in the R&D and digitalisation. The net job cuts will result in 466 positions (546 - 80).

The employment security plan contains  several measures to avoid forced dismissals as voluntary departures, redeployments and early retirements. The plan will be opened since 1st July 2017 until 30 June 2018. If the number of job reduction is not reached, then forced dismissals could occur. It is the first time that the management has not taken the commitment to avoid forced dismissals, despite calls from the unions.  AIrbus Group employs 55,000 people worldwide including 26,000 in France (mainly in Toulouse where it has 21,000 employees).


  • 12 June 2017: Les Echos


Eurofound (2017), Airbus Group, Internal restructuring in France, factsheet number 91505, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/91505.