TransportMin Stroe: TAROM should be pruned, turned efficient

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National airline TAROM should be “pruned” and turned efficient as regards expenditure, and for the next year its draft budget to be endorsed by the Parliament will include the purchase in emergency regime of 10 airliners, Transport minister Felix Stroe said on Friday in a telephone call with the private broadcaster Realitatea TV.

“TAROM is a national brand and must be rescued. The economic situation of TAROM did not occur in the last quarter, it has a history of 10 years. We do have two measures already, we are initiating them. The first is an urgent reorganisation of TAROM, this including the staff’s structure. Yesterday (Thursday, ed. n.) I had a several-hour talk with the TAROM technical trade union and the company’s management, the day before yesterday I’ve also had talks with the leadership, for almost 6 hours. We agreed that with our support, the TAROM management and the trade union urgently send me a restructuring plan, of the staff’s structure included. TAROM should be pruned and turned efficient as regards its expenditure regime,” Stroe said.

The minister added that “we cannot keep 200 employees at the financial department, for instance, whilst an air operator that is transporting thrice our number of passengers in one year, also a Romanian company, only counts 30 employees at that compartment.”

Felix Stroe however rejected the conclusion that layoffs could occur in the next period at TAROM.

According to the Transport minister, the company must be supported, and to this effect the TAROM 2018 budget will include the necessary amounts for the acquisition of 10 airliners.