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Aviation organizations cutting jobs due to canceled Nordica flights

A turboprop aircraft in Nordica livery.
A turboprop aircraft in Nordica livery. Source: Anna Zvereva/Creative Commons

Three Estonian aviation organizations notified the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund (Töötukassa) on Friday they would be cutting 109 jobs.

Nordic Crew Management (NCM), who provide crew outsourcing services to Nordica, has filed a collective redundancy notice that will lead to cutting 69 jobs citing reduction in the volume of work, as air operations in Estonia have ceased.

NCM owner Tõnis Lepp told ERR's online news in Estonian that no employees have received redundancy notices, as the goal is to not lay off people, but reduce the amount of work by shedding 69 jobs.

"If all employees agree with our proposal to continue with a 50 percent workload from July 1, we would not lay off anyone. Employees have the chance to decide until the end of May, maybe some wish to leave altogether. Being laid off is beneficial for a moment, one will receive more money. We know how much we have to reduce by, but how we will allocate it, depends on the decisions, feelings, and mood of people," Lepp said.

Therefore it is possible that the company, which employs around 160 pilots and flight attendants, might not deliver any redundancy notices by end of May.

The workload reduction quota is different for every department. "We propose that captains remain on 40 percent, that is, we will reduce their workload by 60 percent," Lepp gave an example.

Regional Jet, which employs 111 people, will cut 27 jobs, communications manager Toomas Uibo told ERR. Redundancy notices were filed on Friday.

"We wish to maintain as many jobs as possible, but to reduce workload. This is not only in our hands, we have to negotiate with the people," Uibo said.

PAS Aviation International will cut 13 jobs, also citing the devastating effects of the coronavirus on international aviation.


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Editor: Anders Nõmm

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