Qatar Airways to lay off some pilots, cut wages

A Qatar Airways aircraft takes off at the aircraft builder’s headquarters of Airbus in Colomiers near Toulouse, France, September 27, 2019. — Reuters pic
A Qatar Airways aircraft takes off at the aircraft builder’s headquarters of Airbus in Colomiers near Toulouse, France, September 27, 2019. — Reuters pic

DUBAI, June 15 — Qatar Airways will lay off some pilots and reduce the salaries of others by as much as a quarter due to the impact of the global coronavirus pandemic, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

Pilots will be included in previously announced job cuts, the sources said, while others will have their salaries reduced by 15 per cent to 25 per cent.

An airline spokesman declined to comment.

Bloomberg reported the layoffs and salary reduction, citing an internal letter that it said disclosed Qatari nationals were exempted from the wage cuts.

The state-owned carrier has previously deferred salary payments, with some employees receiving half their wages from April to June to be paid back later.

Qatar Airways Group, which includes the airline, Hamad International Airport and other aviation assets in Doha, previously said it would lay off close to 20 per cent of its more than 40,000-member workforce.

It later said fewer could be laid off.

Gulf carriers Emirates and Etihad Airways have also laid off staff and reduced salaries to stave off a cash crunch caused by the pandemic and related fall in air travel. — Reuters

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