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Norwegian Air Warns Its Dublin Staff It May Have To Cut Jobs

Published on Jun 18 2021 2:00 PM in General Industry tagged: norwegian air / Norwegian Air International / Air Travel

Norwegian Air Warns Its Dublin Staff It May Have To Cut Jobs

According to The Irish Independent, Scandinavian airline Norwegian Air has warned its Dublin staff that it may have to cut jobs again, having only emerged from examinership in April.

The potential job cuts come despite the High Court approving a rescue plan for the airline’s units in March, as it was deemed a more favourable outcome for creditors and staff than if the firms had been wound up.

Financial Difficulties

Norwegian Air's Irish operation employs about 50 people, as staff numbers declined in the past number of years as the carrier found itself in financial difficulties prior to the Covid crisis.

However, in its examinership process, the High Court heard that the survival of companies, including its line, was “central to the survival of the group as a whole.”

A letter was sent to Irish staff, and was seen by the Irish Independent, which warns them that significant changes could be made.

According to the letter, the group plans to "restructure current departments to ensure a lean and efficient organisation adjusted to the new fleet size, business plan, and strategy,” as a result of the airline's new business plan.

Norwegian Air International

Whilst the group declared that "no final decision has been made at this point", many Irish staff fear that the carrier could effectively close its Irish arm.

However, a spokesman said it was "completely incorrect" to suggest that the carrier intends to wind-up its Norwegian Air International (NAI) arm, which operates in Ireland.

"We have no intention of closing NAI and not every employee is impacted by the right-sizing of the business," the group added.

A collective consultation process involving employees will begin next Monday (June 21).

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