The German Lufthansa Group, the parent company of, among others, Brussels Airlines, Eurowings and Lufthansa, is no longer avoiding firing employees in Germany. The company says it came to that conclusion on the basis of developments in aviation and the course of discussions with the social partners.

"Our goal was to avoid layoffs as much as possible, but that goal is no longer realistic for Germany," said Lufthansa on Thursday when presenting the half-year figures. The financial results were dramatic, with a loss of 3.6 billion euros in January through June, against a loss of 116 million a year earlier.

Lufthansa previously announced reorganization plans. The first austerity round was already announced in early April, at the beginning of July even more was taken. In total, some 22,000 full-time jobs within the Lufthansa group will be lost. At the end of June, the Germans had a workforce of just over 129,000, more than 8,000 less than a year earlier.

People have been fired in the United States and Asia, according to Lufthansa spokesperson, because there were no other options. "In view of the discussions with the unions and works council, it seems that we cannot escape layoffs in Germany."

In April, Lufthansa still expected air traffic to recover from the first blows of the corona crisis within a few months, but now CEO Carsten Spohr says he does not expect this before 2024. "There will be no quick recovery, especially for the long-haul routes."