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Health virus aviation Lufthansa 7 April 2020 - 18:23

URGENT Lufthansa to cut fleet size, close Germanwings as virus hits Frankfurt am Main, April 7, 2020 (AFP) - German airline group Lufthansa on Tuesday said it was shutting down its low-cost Germanwings unit and getting rid of dozens of planes to survive the economic impact of the coronavirus on the aviation industry. "Germanwings flight operations will be discontinued," Lufthansa said in a statement after a meeting of the group's executive board. It did not give details about job losses, but said talks with unions "are to be arranged quickly". More than 40 aircraft will be withdrawn to reduce the group's fleet size, it added. "It will take months until the global travel restrictions are completely lifted and years until the worldwide demand for air travel returns to pre-crisis levels," it said. mfp/hmn/rl DEUTSCHE LUFTHANSA AG

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