FRANKFURT, June 23 — Coronavirus-stricken carriers Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines will close the German branch of their SunExpress joint venture, placing 1,200 jobs under threat, the company said today.
“Flight operations by SunExpress Germany, a subsidiary of Turkish SunExpress, will be ended shortly and an orderly liquidation process begun,” a SunExpress spokesman said in a statement.
Almost 1,200 employees at the 20-aircraft carrier will be affected, the spokesman added, saying SunExpress “will take on responsibility by working through possible solutions in the coming weeks with workers and social partners”.
Meanwhile the aircraft will be shared out among Lufthansa’s other subsidiaries and Turkish Airlines.
Bosses and German ministers are waiting on tenterhooks to see whether Lufthansa investors will approve Thursday a €9 billion (RM44 billion) bailout package that would see Berlin take a 20-per cent stake in the airline.
Months of flight operations cut back to levels not seen in decades because of coronavirus lockdowns have bled the company’s cash reserves dry, prompting it to turn to the German government.
But the giant group’s newly-arrived top shareholder Heinz-Hermann Thiele, a railway tycoon, has cast doubt on whether he will support the state rescue. — AFP