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In response to Airbus managers, the aviation prospects are worse than anticipated

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BERLIN (Reuters) – The prospects for the aviation industry have deteriorated again due to increasing coronavirus infections and renewed travel restrictions, Airbus operations manager Michael Schoellhorn was quoted as saying on Saturday.

With air traffic at a fraction of normal levels due to restrictions and fears among travelers related to the pandemic, airlines have slowed down the delivery of new aircraft.

Airbus has announced that it will cut 15,000 jobs worldwide.

In an interview with the Handelsblatt daily, Schoellhorn said the situation in early autumn was worse than the company expected in the summer, adding that the planned 15,000 job cuts were the minimum.

Since some Airbus factories were already underutilized before the pandemic, the unions now fear that management may decide to close entire sites.

At least for Germany, Schoellhorn ruled out such a step.

"In terms of content, I don't see any German locations at risk at the moment," he said.

Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury said last month the aircraft maker would do its best to cut costs without resorting to mandatory layoffs, but he could not guarantee it would not.

In a letter to staff in September, Faury warned Airbus may have to make mandatory layoffs after air traffic did not recover from the pandemic as quickly as expected.

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