Qatar Airways is set to lay off pilots and slash the salaries of others as part of its measures to reduce costs and preserve cash in the current Covid-19 crisis.
Two senior pilot grades will have their basic pay reduced by 25% while junior pilots will have their pay cut by 15%. But the measures will not apply to Qatari nationals.
That is according to a letter sent to pilots by chief flight operations officer Jassim Al-Haroon and seen by Bloomberg.
Qatar Airways’ chief executive said in May that the state-owned carrier would have to cut its workforce by around 20% in the face of the coronavirus crisis.
The lay-offs will affect around 9,200 of Qatar Airways’ 46,000 employees.
A spokesman for Qatar Airways declined to comment on the letter to pilots.
Airlines across the Middle East region have been cutting jobs as carriers are expected to make a near $5 billion loss in 2020.
Qatar Airways’ CEO Akbar Al Baker said in an interview last month that the workforce reduction is “a very hard decision” to make.
“All the airlines in the world are suffering massive reduction,” he said.