U.S. Airlines Seek Bailout as Layoffs Hit European Carriers

SAS and Norwegian Airlines have temporarily ceased operations

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With the coronavirus continuing to devastate the travel industry, Norwegian Airlines and Scandinavian (SAS) Airlines announced today they would all but cease operations, each “temporarily” laying off about 90% of their workforce including pilots, cabin crew and maintenance teams.

“It is indeed with a heavy heart we have to temporarily lay off more than 7,300 of our colleagues, but we, unfortunately, have no choice,” said Norwegian CEO Jacob Schram in the statement. “When the world returns to normalcy, my goal is to keep as many of our dedicated colleagues as possible.”

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