DUBAI (Reuters) – The chief executive of Qatar Airways, one of the largest carriers in the Middle East, told the BBC that the company will lay off nearly 20 percent of its workforce after the Corona virus pandemic caused Destruction of travel demand.
“Unfortunately, we will have to cut about 20 percent of the workforce,” Akbar al-Baker said in a televised interview with a BBC journalist on Twitter on Wednesday.
Al-Baker said the cut was a “very difficult decision” but the state-owned airline had no “other alternative”.
Reuters reported on May 5 based on an internal e-mail that Qatar Airways will cut large numbers of jobs, including hospitality crews.
The Qatar Airways group, which includes the airline, has 46,684 employees at the end of the last fiscal year, which announced its results in March 2019.
Al-Baker told Reuters in March that the company was draining cash and would eventually seek government assistance