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Irish Arm Of Norwegian Air Tells Minister For Social Protection Of Redundancies Plan

Published on Jul 7 2021 12:30 PM in General Industry tagged: Norwegian Air International / Job Losses / Minister Heather Humphreys

Irish Arm Of Norwegian Air Tells Minister For Social Protection Of Redundancies Plan

According to The Irish Independent, the Irish arm of Norwegian Air is preparing to make a number of staff redundant.

The airline informed Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys that it will axe 22 of the 31 roles at the company.

Job Losses At Norwegian Air

In June, the Irish Independent first reported that job losses were imminent at the Irish unit of the Scandinavian carrier.

The restructuring proposals come despite the High Court approving a rescue plan for the Norwegian’s units in March – including Norwegian Air International (NAI) – because it was deemed a more favourable outcome for creditors and staff than if the firms had been wound up.

In its examinership process, the largest ever seen in Ireland, the High Court heard that the survival of companies including NAI was “central to the survival of the group as a whole”.

Scandinavian Market

The airline is already planning to relinquish NAI’s Air Operator Certificate in Ireland as it continues to refocus activities on the Scandinavian market.

NAI was obliged under the law to notify the Minister of its intention to make collective redundancies.

“The reason for the proposed redundancies is as a consequence of Norwegian’s new business plan,” said Tore Kristian Jenssen of NAI told Minister Humphreys in a letter seen by the Irish Independent.

“It is proposed to restructure current departments to ensure a lean and efficient organisation adjusted to the new fleet size, business plan and strategy,” Jenssen added.

Of the 22 staff members to be laid off, 12 are involved in flight operations, seven in technical roles, two in crew training and one in ground operations.

A consultation process began last week, with staff expected to be laid off by August 6.​​​​​​

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