Global economic downturn has led German carrier Lufthansa to close down its sales offices at Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Bangalore as a part of what it calls “reorganising of sales network.”
A total of 17 employees lost their jobs following closure of these offices. Of the 17 employees, seven were removed from the airlines’ Chennai office, five from Bangalore, three from Kolkata and two from Hyderabad.
Due to the re-structuring of the four offices, 17 employees, all from the sales team were offered a severance package.
“We have offered a responsible solution for all affected associates, including vacant positions in our India headquarter in Delhi,” said Axel Hilgers, director, Lufthansa South Asia.
According to Hilgers, Lufthansa will continue to serve these important cities through its direct sales team consisting of one sales manager and four sales representatives. It would also rely more on online bookings and travel agents to meet the customer needs.