Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways has laid off a large number of employees due to the coronavirus pandemic crisis.
According to the news source, the Airline has also warned its staff to be ready for further cuts.
The coronavirus crises have left the global travel demand shattered global travel demand, which has resulted in travel industry job cuts worldwide.
The state-owned airline declined to comment, claims Reuters, however, during a previously unreported U.S.-UAE Business Council webinar on April 29, Etihad Chief Executive Tony Douglas said the airline had made “quite sizeable redundancies”.
As being reported, Etihad has grounded scheduled passenger flights and temporarily cut wages by as much as 50%.
It was reported earlier that the airline plans to restart flights from mid-June. Subject to UAE government-imposed travel restrictions being lifted on passenger travel, the airline also aims at gradually returning to a fuller schedule as and when the global situation improves.
For the time being it was not clear how many employees had been affected or from which departments.
According to the airline’s website, the company had 20,520 employees as of August 2019.