April 19, 2018 / 3:16 PM / a year ago

Lufthansa seeks 'digital natives' in staff shake-up

Flags with the German airline Lufthansa sign flutter next to the office building in Frankfurt, Germany March 15, 2018. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski

BERLIN (Reuters) - Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) is seeking to take on staff with new skills to make itself fit for the digital age and is planning to make compensation offers to older staff at its namesake brand to clear space for the new arrivals.

- “This is not a cost or job cuts programme. There will be no redundancies,” a spokesman for the airline said in a statement on Thursday

- The offer will be made to 3,200 administrative staff at the Lufthansa brand

- “The resulting staff turnover will allow Lufthansa to bring new skills into the group without getting rid of jobs,” the statement said

- That will enable the group to deal with the challenges of global trends such as digitalisation and automation, it said

- The Lufthansa Group includes the Lufthansa, Eurowings, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Swiss carriers and employs around 130,000 people in total

- The planned personnel changes were first reported by German magazine WirtschaftsWoche

Reporting by Klaus Lauer; Writing by Victoria Bryan; editing by David Evans

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