The world’s leading tour operator TUI announced plans to cut 8,000 jobs worldwide, more than 10% of its workforce.
The job cuts are a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has shut down most of its activities.
“We are targeting to permanently reduce our overhead cost base by 30%, which will have an impact on potentially 8,000 roles globally that will either not be recruited or reduced,” the company said.
The group reported a strong net loss in the second quarter of its financial year (which was postponed from October to March), down 274.7%, losing €763.6 million. Its operating profit also decreased with €681 million or 181.2%.
TUI’s revenues also dropped by 10% compared to the same period in 2019.
In April, the Group made use of an emergency loan guaranteed by the German State for €1.8 billion, benefiting from a business aid plan including “unlimited” loans guaranteed by the public authorities.
“However the loans received are to be repaid within a short period of time,” the group said. “This is why the Group is now implementing a global program with extensive cost-cutting measures.”