Qatar Airways to cut about 20pc of workforce

- A Monitor Desk Report 17 May, 2020 | 1306 Views|-+
Dhaka: One of the biggest Middle Eastern airlines Qatar Airways is to slash nearly 20 per cent of its workforce after the coronavirus pandemic plunged the global travel demand, said Akbar al-Baker, Chief Executive of the airline in a statement on May 13.

Baker said it was a "very hard decision" but that the state-owned airline had "no other alternative".

According to reports, on May 5, Qatar Airways was to make a "substantial number of jobs redundant" including cabin crew, citing an internal email.

Qatar Airways Group, which counts the airline among its assets, had 46,684 employees at the end of its last reported financial year in March 2019.

Baker further mentioned in March that the carrier was burning through cash and would eventually seek government aid.

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