Qatar Airways warns employees of 'substantial' lay-offs

- A Monitor Desk Report 07 May, 2020 | 732 Views|-+
Dhaka: Qatar Airways has warned its employees of "substantial" job losses while air travel demand plunges following the coronavirus outbreak, according to an internal memo sent on May 4.

The Gulf airline, which flew to more than 170 destinations with 234 aircraft as of March, has been hit by airport closures and travel bans imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The International Air Transport Association warned last month that air traffic in the Middle East and North Africa would plummet by more than half this year.

"The truth is, we simply cannot sustain the current staff numbers and will need to make a substantial number of jobs redundant - inclusive of cabin crew," Abkar al-Baker, Chief Executive, Qatar Airways wrote in the memo to cabin crew.

The note did not specify how many of its over 30,000 staff were at risk of redundancy, although the airline has had to slash its passenger services to just 35 destinations.

"The unparallelled impact on our industry has caused significant challenges for all airlines and we must act decisively to protect the future of our business," the airline said in a statement.

"As a result, Qatar Airways can confirm that the airline will make a number of roles redundant due to the impact of COVID-19. Any job loss is regrettable and we will be working closely with all affected employees to offer our full support during this difficult time."

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