Due to the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, Singapore Airlines Group may have to cut around 4,300 jobs.
SIA also had to offer early voluntary departure schemes to remain afloat.
The airline industry predicts that normal passenger traffic will not return until around 2024.
Singapore Airlines Will Cut Around 4300 Jobs
It’s a long way to recovery.
Great measures and painful sacrifice had to be done.
Singapore Airlines Group is in a shaky position since it doesn’t have a domestic market.
Most airlines recover slowly with the comeback of their domestic demand.
Singapore Airlines doesn’t have that demand.
Early this year, the airline pushed through an early retirement scheme for ground staff and pilots.
Moreover, they also implemented voluntary release scheme for their cabin crew.
Overall, these strategies had the airline reduce their workforce by 1,900 staff.
Singapore Airlines CEO, Goh Choon Phong released this statement:
“When the battle against Covid-19 began early this year, none of us could have predicted its devastating impact on the global aviation industry. From the outset, our priorities were to ensure our survival and save as many jobs as possible. Given that the road to recovery will be long and fraught with uncertainty, we have to, unfortunately, implement involuntary staff reduction measures.”
He announced that the next few weeks would be “some of the toughest in the history of the SIA Group” having to let go of many friends and colleagues.
The 4,300 job cuts of SIA will be a collective number taken out from the positions in Singapore Airlines, SilkAir and Scoot.
Too many people are losing their jobs and source of income because of this pandemic.
It is without a doubt one of the toughest times of this generation.
However, this too shall pass; so just hold on tight.
Until then, I remain positive.
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