Lufthansa plans to cut 2,000 jobs

/ Source: The Associated Press

German airline Lufthansa plans to cut some 2,000 jobs in its home country over several years as it tries to reduce costs.

The cuts annoucned Friday represent 3.4 percent of its 59,000 employees in Germany and 2.1 percent of its worldwide work force of 94,000 people.

About 1,000 jobs are likely to go at the LSG Sky Chefs catering division, while other units affected include cargo and property management, supervisory board member Manfred Calsow said in an interview published Friday in Lufthansa’s staff magazine, Lufthanseat.

Lufthansa lost $39.9 million in the second quarter, though it said it would have lost more had it not cut back employee hours. The figure contrasted to a profit of euro160 million in the same period last year.

The airline reduced the work week for ground employees in April as traffic fell, but they resumed full working hours last month following an upturn in air travel, which had been hurt by the Iraq war and the SARS outbreak in Asia.