By Gavin Gibbon
Flydubai spokesperson said decision offers 'stability at a time of uncertainty'
Staff at Flydubai are set to take a three-month pay cut from April.
The Dubai-based low-cost carrier grounded all passenger flights earlier this month following orders from the UAE Government aimed at preventing the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
The ban, enforced from March 24, is in place for 14 days, although it could be extended further.
A spokesperson for the airline said the impact of Covid-19 has had a “significant impact” on the company.
“The airline has had to adapt to this fast-evolving situation and to protect employment has taken the decision to reduce the salaries of employees for a three-month period from April 2020,” the Flydubai spokesperson said.
“This decision has not been taken lightly. It has been made to offer some stability at a time of uncertainty and to minimise the impact on all its employees when the normal pattern of life has been disrupted.”
Measures have been taken by the airline to avoid employees at a lower grade from being impacted. There is no change to employees’ benefits, the airline said.
“These measures have been taken by the senior management team with a heavy heart but with the aim of retaining our employees and ensuring we are in the best possible place when our regular schedule resumes,” the Flydubai spokesperson added.
According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), airlines worldwide could lose $252 billion in revenue this year, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.