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  • The bad news has come from Toulouse: Airbus will cut 15,000 jobs, including 5,100 in Germany and 5,000 in France.
  • An "adaptation plan" to a post-Covid-19 world where the aviation sector should not head out of the water for several years.
  • "Forced measures" are not excluded at this stage, but the aircraft manufacturer wants to avoid them by resorting to early retirement, voluntary departures and long-term partial unemployment.

It was expected, but the announcement still sounds like a thunderclap. Airbus is going to cut thousands of jobs. The global giant unveiled its post-health crisis “adaptation plan” on Tuesday during a works council meeting in Blagnac, near Toulouse. As expected, it plans to cut 15,000 jobs, the most affected countries being France and Germany, with 5,000 and 5,100 departures respectively "at the latest in the summer of 2021".

"Although forced measures cannot be excluded at this stage", the aircraft manufacturer assured in a press release that it "will work with its social partners to limit the impact of this plan by relying on all available social measures, including voluntary departures, early retirement measures, as well as long-term partial unemployment for activities that lend themselves to it ”.

State bailout won't be enough

This drastic announcement falls despite the government's 15 billion euro aeronautics support plan. Aware that the critics will rain, the manufacturer "thanks the governments for their support which has enabled society to limit these necessary adaptation measures". But in a context where a return to normal aviation activity is not expected before 2023, "or even 2025", he indicates that he is obliged to go further.

“Airbus is facing the most serious crisis that this sector has ever known (…), says Guillaume Faury, the boss of Airbus. We must now ensure the sustainability of the company and guarantee our ability to emerge in the crisis as a global leader in the aerospace sector. "


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