By Gavin Gibbon
Abu Dhabi-based carrier has suspended all flights to and from the UAE capital for 14 days
Staff at Etihad Airways have taken pay cuts of up to 50 percent as the coronavirus continues to wreak havoc throughout the aviation industry.
The Abu Dhabi-based carrier had originally announced plans to temporarily suspend all flights to and from the UAE capital for 14 days, starting at the end of Wednesday, although this was brought forward to begin on Tuesday following direction from the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, and the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).
In a statement to Arabian Business as Etihad spokesperson said: “In order to protect our workforce as much as we can, we have taken the very difficult decision to temporarily reduce the basic salaries of all staff, including executives, between 25% and 50% for the month of April, after which it will be reviewed.”
Housing allowances and education assistance will continue to be paid over this period.
The spokesperson added that the “incredibly difficult decisions” were being taken “to safeguard the future of Etihad and that of the Etihad family”.
Airlines worldwide could lose $252 billion in revenue this year from the coronavirus pandemic, threatening the survival of the industry, according to the International Air Transport Association.
“This is the first time in Etihad’s history that we have had to suspend all our passenger operations, and the negative impact on our business will be significant,” the spokesperson added.