EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Spain
Region: Comunidad de Madrid
Location of affected unit(s): Barajas


Sector: Transportation / storage
Transportation and storage
51.10 - Passenger air transport

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 01-10-2019
Planned Job Reductions min: 150
Planned Job Reductions max: 170
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 01-11-2019
Foreseen End Date: 31-01-2020

Additional Information

Low-cost airline Norwegian announced its plans to close six out of its eight short-haul routes operated from its base in Madrid-Barajas. The decision is expected to result in a collective dismissal, affecting between 150 and 170 employees. The restructuring event comes after the company backed down from its plans to close bases in Tenerife South and Gran Canaria.

Trade union USO claims that the company informed employees at the very last minute (only 30 days in advance), despite having considered the decision for months prior. For this reason, the trade union warned that it does not rule out any type of counteraction, including a strike.