Latam Airlines, Latin America’s largest airline, announced on Friday that it would fire some 450 employees in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic ‘s effects on its operations, a week after announcing more than a thousand layoffs. The reductions will be implemented in the units in Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia, where LATAM reported last week that 1,400 employees will be killed, influenced by sanitary constraints and the decrease in demand due to the pandemic. Even without providing a clear start date for routes in Ecuador, Latam has announced on its website that, according to the National Emergency Operations Committee (COE) decision, it plans to fly in June to open Ecuadorian airports for local and international flights.
The airline said this week it will start a gradual increase in its operations in the next two months after the drastic stoppage it applied because of the infectious outbreak. The Santiago-based company has said it expects the crisis to recover slowly. Between June and July, it will resume some of its international operations, which since the beginning of last April have been suspended by 95 per cent due to the coronavirus health crisis and restrictive measures in the countries concerned.
The airline said in a statement that, before the pandemic arrives, it plans to go from 5% to 9% of its total previous capacity in June and reach 18% in July. On the one side, Latam will fly from Sao Paulo (Brazil) to Frankfurt (Germany), London, Madrid and Miami (USA) as well as from Santiago to the American city and Sao Paulo, establishing a link between Chile and Brazil to be able to share flights. “The group is increasing its flights, destinations and frequencies and taking concrete steps to respond to the new economic reality that customers and their families will face during the trip, such as more accessible, more flexible passages, new sanitary measures and a passenger assistance service,” said Michael Rutter, Latam Vice President of Business.