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Air Europa owner Globalia to furlough 60% of staff if COVID support ends By Reuters


MADRID (Reuters) – Spanish tourism group Globalia will seek to reach an alternative furlough agreement with its unions should the Spanish government not extend its COVID furlough programme, which will expire at the end of this month, a spokesperson for the company said.

Globalia, which is the owner of airline Air Europa, will offer furloughs to approximately 9,000 employees from its various businesses including Be Live Hotels as well as Groundforce.

Globalia’s tourist activity is slowly returning to normal, but Globalia still has a long way to go before it can operate as well after the coronavirus crisis.

Iberia airline, which purchased Air Europa recently in a deal that was cut-price, also stated earlier this week it would offer a furlough for its employees under the same conditions as Spain’s force majeure plan.

According to Monday’s official data, 5 million passengers arrived in Spain in August. This is a 172% increase in air travel, but it was less than half the pre-pandemic level.

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