Shock for the employees of Autogrill Schweiz AG: Hundreds have been shaking for their jobs since Wednesday. According to BLICK information, the company management informed about extensive dismantling measures at the Swiss locations of the service station and restaurant operator.
An Autogrill employee * from Zurich on VIEW: “At Zurich Airport in Kloten alone, my employer is planning to cut around 100 jobs. A shock for all of us. ” The man wants to remain anonymous. He doesn’t know if he’s on Autogrill’s hit list. Autogrill is also very present at Geneva Airport. As in Zurich, the number of passengers there has also collapsed.
Autogrill confirms dismantling plans in Switzerland
Autogrill has now confirmed the downsizing of up to 200 people. There are 110 jobs at Zurich Airport and between 60 and 90 employees at Geneva Airport.
Autogrill operates in over 31 countries. And because of restaurants and quick meals at rest stops, airports and train stations, they are particularly exposed to the corona slump in the travel industry. The chain operates 20 different restaurants at Zurich Airport alone. Group sales fell in the first eight months of the current year by 56 percent to 1.4 billion euros (equivalent to 1.5 billion francs) compared to the previous year. No figures are given for Switzerland.
Layoffs are expected in Zurich and Geneva
The spokeswoman added that the consultation process had been opened at Zurich and Geneva airports. “In accordance with Art. 335f of the Swiss Code of Obligations.” This OR article deals with the consultation in the event of a collective dismissal. So the situation is serious at Autogrill Switzerland.
The spokeswoman states that Autogrill Switzerland is one of “the largest Swiss catering companies”. She sees the reasons for the reduction in the corona crisis, “which has hit the aviation industry and the companies involved hard.”
No improvement in sight
The company does not anticipate any noticeable improvement in the situation in the future either. “As a result of the ongoing pandemic and volatile entry restrictions, the flight forecasts and the associated passenger volume at Zurich and Geneva airports will now remain at a low level in the medium to long term.”
This is a grim prospect for the employees of Autogrill Switzerland. Many of them can expect to be laid off in the coming weeks.
* Name known to the editor