DUBAI, UAE, May 6, (AP): Long-haul carrier Qatar Airways said on Wednesday that it will lay off staff as the coronavirus pandemic largely has grounded the global aviation industry.
The Doha-based carrier offered no figures for the number of employees who will be laid off by the carrier, one of the three major airlines in the Arabian Gulf region created to capitalize on East- West travel.
However, an emailed memo from the airline’s CEO that leaked online said the number would be “substantial” and include members of its cabin crew. “The global outlook for our industry looks grim and many airlines are closing or significantly reducing operations,” Akbar Al Baker wrote in the memo, dated Sunday. “Now, we have to face a new reality, where many borders are closed, rendering many of our destinations closed and aircraft grounded as a result, with no foreseeable outlook for immediate, positive change.” Qatar Airways sent a statement to The Associated Press on Wednesday confirming the layoffs