The German airline Lufthansa has warned its employees against the possibility of sacking 26,000 of them, instead of 10,000, as it had previously announced.

A Lufthansa spokeswoman said on Wednesday after a meeting with unions that the company estimated the number of full-time jobs in excess of its need at about 22,000.

Last week, Lufthansa pledged a massive restructuring, including thousands of jobs and assets, to seek a repayment of a 9 billion euro loan by the state to save the company and help it weather severe losses it incurred due to the Corona pandemic crisis.

The company is trying to reach an agreement with unions to cut its labor spending, including converting employees to part-time work, before an extraordinary general meeting on June 25, in which shareholders will vote on the rescue aid package.

And the Air Hostesses Syndicate demanded that Lufthansa be committed not to lay off, stressing that it was working hard to reach an agreement with the company before the meeting.

The union representing the pilots said that its members offered the company to reduce their salaries by up to 45%, or about 350 million euros in total, provided that the company protects the largest possible number of jobs.