Alitalia Airlines asks to put more workers under layoff scheme-document

FILE PHOTO: Alitalia plane is seen on the tarmac after landing at Ben Gurion International airport in Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel February 27, 2020. REUTERS/Amir Cohen/File Photo

Alitalia’s administrator has asked the Italian government to increase the number of employees under temporary lay-off scheme to nearly 7,000, a document showed, to help mitigate the impact the coronavirus outbreak had on the airline and the wider sector.

The request refers to additional 2,900 workers being put under the scheme and compares with a total Alitalia workforce of around 11,600.

The state-appointed administrator made the request in a letter sent on Thursday to unions and transport, industry and labour ministries. The administrator, unions and the labour ministry are due to discuss the matter on April 3.

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