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Brussels Airlines to cut 1,000 jobs amid COVID-19 crisis

Brussels Airlines to cut 1,000 jobs amid COVID-19 crisis
Posted at 1:43 PM, May 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-12 13:43:05-04

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium's Brussels Airlines wants to reduce its workforce of 4,000 people by a quarter to weather the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis.

The plan by the Lufthansa subsidiary has enraged politicians across the spectrum.

Like most airlines, the company has suspended its flights as a result of the pandemic.

The carrier also plans to reduce its fleet from 54 to 38 aircraft as part of the restructuring.

Some politicians criticized the airline for seeking rescue loans while also firing workers.

Brussels Airlines does not expect a return to normal before 2023.