Tallinn Airport, comprising of AS Tallinna Lennujaam and AS Tallinn Airport GH, will decrease its operating costs and lay off 111 employees over the course of three months.
CEO of Tallinn Airport Riivo Tuvike said the decision to lay off employees was postponed as much as possible, but the Unemployment Fund wage compensation measure offers only short-term aid and there is no way around redundancies.
Tuvike said the group decreased the workload and salary of employees by 30 percent with the swiftly launched Unemployment Fund measure also of help. "These measures have helped us in the short term, but unfortunately, they won't be enough in order to alleviate the situation. We have decided to make 111 employees - 17 percent of the airport staff - redundant in the period between July and September," Tuvike said.
The company will support outgoing employees in search of new jobs by providing training and counceling, he added.
Staff costs amount to 41 percent of the airport's fixed costs. Tallinn Airport lost 99 percent of passengers in April and estimates that its last year's passenger figure of 3.3 million could be restored by 2022 as it will take time before airlines return to Estonia.
The airport has reduced the amount of planned investments for 2020 by €10.3 million or 25 percent and the amount of operating costs by €5.4 million or 27 percent.
Editor: Anders Nõmm