State-owned Qatar Airways is planning to defer salary payments for mid-level and above staff in Doha for three months starting April.
The basic monthly salary of those employees will be subject to a 50% deferral, according to a statement. This “position will be kept under review depending on the economic situation,” the airline added.
“The company will credit salaries back as soon as possible when circumstances allow,” the Gulf carrier said.
Qatar Airways, one of the top Middle Eastern carriers, said there was a temporary reduction of 40 percent of staff at Hamad International Airport due to the coronavirus pandemic, a company spokesman said.
Reductions occurred across various areas including food and beverage, retail and ground staff, the spokesman said. The move is being made as a short-term response in light of the reduction in passenger numbers through the airport. Affected staff will either be working at home, on leave or taking unpaid leave, just not physically in the airport, the spokesman said.
Airlines are among the hardest hit companies as the coronavirus prompts governments to restrict travel, grounding fleets and hitting profits. The announcement comes as Dubai’s government moves to shield its flag carrier, Emirates, from the impact of the crisis by offering unspecified financial aid.