Lufthansa starts immediate financial help for relatives of Germanwings crash victims
Lufthansa, the parent company of Germanwings, said on Friday that it had started to offer financial assistance to relatives of victims in the crashed Germanwings flight 4U9525, Xinhua reported.
A spokesman told Xinhua that relatives of each victim, including passenger and crew member, would get up to 50,000 euros (54,440 U.S. dollars) for "immediate help."
He said the concrete amount of each payment would depend on "what the need (of the relatives) is," adding that it was an initial payment and Lufthansa would continue the payment depending on "what Lufthansa has to pay."
A Germanwings A320 flight crashed into southern French Alps en route from Spain's Barcelona to Germany's Duesseldorf on Tuesday. None of the 144 passengers and six crew members on board was expected to survive.
In a press conference on Thursday, Lufthansa's chief executive Carsten Spohr said his company would financially support and facilitate relatives of the victims, indicating that the airline was financially stable and would be able to continue flying.