By Staff writer
Abu Dhabi-based carrier says Covid-19 economic impact has forced the company to make 'difficult decisions'
Etihad Airways has confirmed that it has been forced to make redundancies as a result of the economic crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
A statement from the Abu Dhabi-based carrier confirmed that jobs had been lost, although there were no specific numbers announced.
A spokesperson said: “We are incredibly proud of our world-class workforce, however, we have had to make redundancies across several areas of our business to reflect current market conditions.”
Etihad Airways and every other UAE airline were forced to ground entire passenger fleets at the end of March amid strict measures implemented by authorities guarding against the spread of coronavirus.
Special repatriation flights have since been organised and the company this week announced a number of new destinations for passengers travelling to and from Abu Dhabi.
News agency Reuters had earlier reported that Etihad, which employs over 20,500 people, had laid off hundreds of staff members, including cabin crew, citing sources.
"The coronavirus pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges to businesses around the world, and Etihad is no exception. It is clear the demand for travel in the near future will be significantly reduced and as a result we must make difficult decisions to ensure Etihad will weather this storm," the spokesperson said.
It comes as Etihad Airways announced a short-term partnership with Global Aerospace Logistics (GAL), which will see staff members seconded to the regional provider of integrated aircraft sustainment solutions for military and civilian customers.
Tony Douglas, CEO of Etihad Airways, said: “Like airlines the world over, Etihad Airways is having to review its current structure and resources and this partnership allows us the opportunity to retain talent for the future; while supporting colleagues in another Abu Dhabi aviation organisation.”
The six-month deal will see Etihad employees take on various roles within GAL, which has a workforce of over 3,000, including maintenance, operations, supply chain and commercial departments.