Austrian extends short-time work model to May 19, 2020

Austrian Airlines has announced it is extending the short-time working model until May 19, 2020 for its 7,000 employees, the company said.

The Austrian Airlines employees have been on short-time working since March 20, 2020, initially for one month. This had become necessary after the sharp decline in demand due to the Coronavirus, which forced Austrian to suspend its flight operations temporarily on March 18, 2020.

The airline is already working on its new start after the crisis. An exact date is still not foreseeable, however. For this reason, the company has agreed, in coordination with the works councils, to extend short-time work for another month.

The cornerstones of the short-time working model remain unchanged and continue to provide for a reduction of working time down to a minimum of 10 percent while ensuring payment of up to 90 percent of employee salaries. The difference will be covered by AMS funding or by Austrian Airlines. Depending on the further development of the situation, short-time work can be extended by further months. The maximum possible duration of Corona short-time work is six months.