Not only the airlines are suffering from the pandemic. Budding pilots at German Lufthansa must also be afraid. Because your flight school is threatened with closure. Now the flight students are going to court.
A large number of the once 700 flight students have been left in the dark for months as to how their training should continue, several people affected report buten un inside. There have been no classes for a few months. Neither the airline nor the flight school management respond to inquiries. As a result, dozens of students have already signed termination agreements and dropped out of their education.
The last remaining flight students at the Bremen Academy do not want to just throw away their dream of flying and leave no stone unturned. Meanwhile, the company would try to get rid of them and redeploy them to other flight schools that are not part of the Lufthansa group. “That is not the training that was promised, it is definitely a lower quality training”, says the Frankfurt labor lawyer Martina Stickler-Posner, who together with partner law firms represents over a hundred affected persons. The lawyer accuses the AUA mother of breach of contract. “We have already filed a lawsuit in most cases - now the labor judges have to decide,” Stickler-Posner continued. The aim is that the flight students can finish their training at the Lufthansa flight school in Bremen.
Lufthansa is resisting and justifying its action with the consequences of the corona pandemic. This fundamentally changed the career prospects for prospective pilots. The company offers advanced flight students the opportunity to complete their training at Lufthansa flight schools. Training is expected to resume in January. Flight students who are still at the beginning of their training, however, would no longer be trained at Lufthansa flight schools. If the flight students concerned insist, the training will be given to an external flight school. However, not everyone involved likes this solution.