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Norwegian cuts 1,600 jobs as government rejects funding plea | News

first_img“Recently government-imposed travel restrictions have effectively stifled any hope of a stable and progressive recovery, Norwegian has been hit from all sides by factors outside of our control,” said Norwegian chief executive, Jacob Schram. “This is a sad day for everyone at Norwegian and I sincerely apologise to all our colleagues that are now affected, but there is no other alternative.”He added: “Prior to Covid-19, Norwegian employed more than 10,000 people, but the coming months there will be only 600 colleagues employed. – Advertisement – Norwegian argues its operations are unsustainable in light of travel restrictions imposed in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic which actively discourage passengers from travelling. The consequences of the government-imposed travel restrictions are critical and Norwegian needs to keep its running costs to a minimum, while the company continues to work on solutions to survive.“Following the disappointing announcement from the government, we have no choice but to furlough an additional 1,600 colleagues and park 15 of the 21 aircraft we have operated the past months. – Advertisement – OlderServiced apartments weather Covid-19 storm in Europe “Our goal is to keep six aircraft on domestic routes in Norway, and I expect that Norwegian will also receive route support from the ministry of transportation, as previously announced.”Norwegian will continue to operate a small number of routes, from Oslo to Alta, Bergen, Bodø, Evenes, Haugesund, Kirkenes, Molde, Stavanger, Tromsø, Trondheim and Ålesund.Flights will also operate on the Tromsø-Longyearbyen route.center_img Norwegian has furloughed a further tranche of employees and announced new reductions in capacity.The decision follows a move by the government of Norway to deny the low-cost carrier further financial support yesterday.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

CEO of Make-A-Wish Iowa dismissed over financial issues

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The CEO and president of Make-A-Wish Iowa has been fired after the organization discovered financial irregularities during an internal audit, according to the charity’s board chairman.Jennifer Woodley has been dismissed, board chairman Joshua Norton said a statement late last week. Rachel Reams, a vice president with the organization, will serve as the interim CEO while the board conducts a search for a new leader, he said.Norton declined to give details on the nature of the financial irregularities. Woodley was named CEO of the group less than a year ago, in August 2019. A publicly listed telephone number for Woodley could not be found Monday.The Make-A-Wish Foundation helps fulfill the wishes of terminally ill children.last_img