18-Jul-2012 1:53 PM

Luxair to focus on new routes, to pitch itself as 'budget airline', unions claim not consulted

Luxair union, OGB-L, expressed disappointment that the carrier's new chairman Paul Helminger released information about the carrier's new strategy to the media before informing the carrier's unions of the plans, according to a report by Wort.lu. OGB-L said: “It is totally inappropriate to make public statements on Luxair's profitable and loss-making routes and on the future strategy of the airline. The competition will no doubt be pleased to have such confidential information.” Under the new plans, Luxair plans to focus on new routes and would pitch itself as a "budget airline". The union also criticised Mr Helminger for his approach to the company's future strategy, which it says does not include consultation with the unions. The union claims that despite a meeting with the carrier's management on 02-Jul-2012 at which it learned of take-over talks with Lufthansa, no mention of the new strategy was provided.

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