Poland's flagship airline PLL LOT will lay off up to 300 staff under an agreement sealed on Wednesday with the company's unions.
The Polish government has raised the capital of PLL LOT, the national airline, by PLN 1.1 billion (EUR 243 million) in the first tranche of a government aid programme for the flag carrier.
Poland plans up to PLN 2.94 billion (around EUR 658 million) in state support for its flag airline LOT as it struggles with the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the government's draft law shows.
Polish national airline LOT said on Monday that due to the Covid-19 pandemic it would probably carry about 2 million passengers in 2020, a fraction of the number it had expected to handle.
The Ministry of State Assets has prepared a support package for Poland's national air carrier PLL LOT, Deputy Prime Minister and Assets Minister Jacek Sasin has announced.
Due to a second wave of the coronavirus and the shutdown of some countries, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is introducing changes to its flight schedules in Europe. This means a reduced number of flights to and from five Polish cities, KLM has said in a communique.
Private Polish airline Enter Air has struck a deal with US plane-maker Boeing to settle damages caused by the grounding of its B737 MAX 8 aircraft as well as changing the delivery date of four further planes ordered earlier.
The Polish government is determined to save the country's flag carrier LOT amid similar moves made by other European governments, Deputy PM and State Assets Minister Jacek Sasin told Polish private Radio Zet on Wednesday.
Poland's LOT national airline will resume some domestic routes from June 1, and the carrier's new flight schedule will be announced in early June, LOT's deputy CEO, Michal Fijol, told PAP on Sunday.
While airlines worldwide seek novel ways to protect their bottom lines in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic that has grounded virtually all passenger flights, LOT hopes the switch to cargo will cut its losses.