Finland's national carrier cuts over 10% of workforce

Finland’s national carrier says it will cut 700 jobs - or over 10% of its workforce - by the end of March next year due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global travel

HELSINKI, Finland -- Finland's national carrier said Tuesday it will cut 700 jobs - over 10% of its workforce - by the end of March next year due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global travel.

Finnair, which is heavily focused on flights from Europe to Asia, said that some 600 of the redundancies would be in Finland and another 100 outside the Nordic country. Pilots and cabin crew would not be affected.

Finnair CEO Topi Manner said in a statement that “the corona pandemic has been completely unfair to our industry and unfortunately many Finnair employees now must experience its financial implications personally.”

He said that the job cuts and other planned changes at the carrier based in Helsinki are “necessary and inevitable."

"Finnair’s re-build requires us to be competitive when aviation gradually starts to recover. Therefore, in the future, we will have to do many things differently in order to succeed in the competitive market,” Manner said.

Finnair is majority-owned by the Finnish state.