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Tue 5 May 2020 06:03 PM

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Covid-19: Air Arabia lays off staff amid slump in demand

Reuters reported that the airline laid off 57 employees

Covid-19: Air Arabia lays off staff amid slump in demand

Sharjah-based carrier Air Arabia has laid off dozens employees amid the downturn caused by the ongoing Covid-19, the airline said in a statement. 

In a report, Reuters noted that the airline – which has approximately 2,000 employees –  laid off 57 employees. The airline statement gave no figures, other than to note that a "small number" of staff were let go. 

Together with the UAE’s other airlines, it was forced to suspend operations in March as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“It is unfortunate that we had to take the decision to lay off a small number of our staff this week,” an airline spokesperson said. “This is the first time in our history that we were forced to do so taking into consideration the current market realities.

The airline did not reveal which departments or kinds of employees were affected by the lay-offs.

Additionally, Air Arabia said that measures are being taken to protect jobs, although no further details were revealed.

“We will continue to do everything possible to safeguard our employees by keeping lay-offs to the minimum and only as a last resort,” the spokesperson was quoted as saying.

According to the most recent statistics from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), airline in the Middle East and North Africa could lose $24 billion worth of passenger revenue compared to 2019.

IATA said that job losses in aviation and related industries could grow to 1.2 million, representing half of the region’s 2.4 million aviation-related jobs.

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