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Etihad airline lays off hundreds of staff

The suspension of air travel all over the world due to a fast-spreading coronavirus epidemic has crippled the aviation sector, and Etihad is no exception. It had earlier also been incurring heavy losses.

ABU DHABI, May 21: Abu Dhabi's Etihad airline has laid off hundreds of staff, including cabin crew, as there has not been any operations in the last about two months because of closure of airports and the suspension of flights the world over with a lockdown enforced to prevent the transmission of coronavirus epidemic which has by now claimed over three lakh lives across countries. The airline has 20,500 employees.

"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," an Etihad spokesperson said in a statement.

"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 Khaleej Times quoted the spokesperson.

However, the airline runs specials flights. The suspension of air travel has crippled the aviation sector, Etihad is no exception.





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