Lufthansa looking to streamline operations, claim reports

Lufthansa looking to streamline operations, claim reports

Lufthansa is reported to be looking at options for simplifying the way it runs its group of airlines.

The German group is working on the plans with consulting firm McKinsey and aims to implement the changes in the second half of the year, according to a Reuters report.

The changes are said to include the removal of a layer of management and centralising functions such as network planning, currently carried out by its individual airlines.

The plans were reported yesterday by German publication Manager Magazin, which also said Lufthansa was planning to introduce a management board position to covers its Eurowings arm, the regional airline that it is expanding into a new low-cost airline.

The magazine said it was not yet clear how many jobs could be lost as a result of the streamlining. Lufthansa said it was looking at organisational structures but declined to provide details.

The group, which includes Germanwings, Austrian Airlines and Swiss, is carrying out restructuring as part of efforts to cut costs to compete with low-cost carriers and fast-expanding rivals such as Emirates and Turkish Airlines.

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