Because of fewer travelers in winter than in summer, Norwegian has decided to lay off about 50 pilots distributed on bases in Spain, England and Finland.
The pilots are employed through the company ARPI and earlier this summer, pilots were encouraged to apply extra holiday, but too few did this so layoffs layoffs were unevitable. The low season extends from December to April, and the first pilots will be laid off by December 1st. When the summer season starts again the pilots will be offered a new commitment and Norwegian have thus chosen to solve their staffing situation in the same way as Ryanair.
Vegard Einan in the norwegian union Parat tells E24.no that other airlines resolve seasonal variations in staffing needs through courses or vacations during low season and that Norwegian risks that the laid-off pilots will start looking for other jobs while being laid off. There is a great need for pilots in the US, Asia and the Middle East.