Brussels Airlines pilots propose 45% salary reduction to avoid job losses

Brussels Airlines pilot union B-United proposed in an open letter last Wednesday a 45% pay cut to all of its pilots as well as a significant reduction of working hours to maintain the number of job positions the airline currently has.

Brussels Airlines hasn’t escaped the impact of the pandemic and is currently in talks with the Belgian government to obtain state aid. An agreement hasn't been reached yet. Earlier this month, the carrier announced that it would be cutting around 1000 job positions as well as several destinations, measures which might change after the union’s proposal.

Brussels Airlines A319 landing in Malaga airport. Photo by Jero Vida | AeroNewsX

According to B-United, this proposal which would last until 2023 would be extremely helpful to the airline as it would not only save the airline up to EUR100 million throughout the length of its duration but it would also avoid it having to pay €22 million in redundancy payments.

The airline has also set a date for the resumption of it’s scheduled flights, as countries in Europe begin to ease their quarantine restrictions and borders begin to open up little by little. The said date would be the 15th of June when the airline will restart operating to several European destinations as well as Tel Aviv in Israel. The airline then plans to progressively resume destinations around its network up to August when it expects to fly to a total of 60 destinations in 32 countries.

The number of resumed flights, which would include destinations in Africa and Europe as well as New York in the US, would account to 30% of the usual operation the airline has during summer. In terms of long haul flying, the airline will be operating 40% of the flights which are flown during usual circumstances.

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