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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvian national airline airBaltic is set to dismiss 200 flight attendants, pilots and mechanics.

These job cuts started off a month ago under the pretext of the airline abandoning old and inefficient Fokker-50 aircraft, reports the newspaper Diena.

Dainis Lubarts, leader of stewards trade union, points out even more than 200 jobs could be slashed.

“A month ago we were addressed to help in developing criteria for job assessment. It should have been rounded up by now and termination letters are already handed out,” he says adding that of 200 employees to be dismissed – about a hundred are flight attendants. The rest are pilots, technical and administrative staff.

airBaltic employs over a thousand of people in total. Nearly 400 of them are stewards.

airBaltic is, however, doing its best to help these people find a new job,” according to the trade union.


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  1. Serena says:

    Liquidation is on the way Flight Czec airlines better service on board lower prices no risk of cancellation fllights For example I paid 150 euros a return Riga Prag Barcelona .

  2. Peter Pan says:

    airBaltic news: 21.sept 2011

    To witness and to be a part of a desmiss of airBaltic due to finacial crises is never a homourus moment. Never the less it looks like a circus. 
    People at airBaltic is in between the fight between companys CEO and the government.
    Employees and their families are affected by this situation.
    Latvian government is holding back som fonds due to big losses last year and current year. And the CEO of airBaltic needs to step down according to the government despite that this man build up the airline trough many years. 
    Some changes in airBaltic needs for sure to prevent this airline from bankruptcy.
    Seeing from inside the quiet walls of the company it goes like this: 
    We see some huge verbal fighting between companys CEO and government. Who is right we will never know. 
    But the way it happens inside the walls is even a bigger circus. Here we can talk of enourmous lack of information and communication to employees. airBaltic management are quiet like a stone.
    E.g. Fokker 50 pilots are flying as passenger in airline and reading in airBaltics public magasin “Baltic outlook” that all Fokker fleet is taking out of use from 01. November 2011 instead of planned 2013. No information was given to Fokker pilots!
    Cabin crews are told during work or ground training that they are fired and then returned to finish the planned working day. Crying…
    Pilots on Fokker 50 are (at this very moment) getting fired from 1. November this year despite that airBaltic has a seniority list to follow in situations like this. Which means latest employed is first out. But its very clear that this company is in a new situation firing people. 
    Cabin crews and pilots serving the company for years is getting dismissed and reason is bad performance which is absurd as only Fokker pilots are getting fired. That makes no sence at all.
    According to airBaltic the plan is to help the fired people to new jobs but that is for sure not the case. No help exist in this company. Its very clear that the people who are doing the dirty job telling employees that they are dismissed have no clue how to do it. The way they do it seems like a big joke. The proffesionalism that should have been in airBaltic management has never existed. 
    E.g. Everybody can fly an aircraft but in an emergency situation its clear to see who is the proffesional pilot. And this is exactly the situation in airBaltic management who is right now in an emergency situation.
    The company has a union to protect the employees in situations like this but the main person of this union desided to take a vacation in this very period and people who is in this union was first peolpe to be dismissed. What a joke!
    How this company can wake up is to face that pilots and cabin crew holding each others hands and refuse to work before things are in order. Like a normal union would recommend. Circus like this is more and more rear to find in cuntries which are members of the european union.
    Its not a mysterious that young smart people are running from this regime to find a normal job abroad.
    More updates to come.

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