Effective today, staff at Flydubai will receive a reduction in pay for three months. The decision came after the low-cost carrier suspended all of its operations in a bid to stem the spread of COVID-19 and keep travellers safe.
According to sister publication Arabian Business, a spokesperson for the Dubai-based airline said coronavirus has had a “significant impact’ on the company. They said: “The airline has had to adapt to this fast-evolving situation and to protect employment has taken the decision to reduce the salaries of employees for a three-month period from April 2020,”
The spokesperson added that the airline is doing all it can to avoid employees paid in a lower bracket from being impacted, they also said there will be no change to employees’ benefits.
“These measures have been taken by the senior management team with a heavy heart but with the aim of retaining our employees and ensuring we are in the best possible place when our regular schedule resumes,” the Flydubai spokesperson concluded.
Flydubai joins other UAE carriers in opting to reduce employees’ pay to keep business afloat. Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways announced in late March that staff across all of its sectors would see a reduction in pay for April. While Flydubai did not give an indication of how much pay has been cut, Etihad reduced pay by between 25% and 50% this month.
According to updated figures from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the aviation industry could lose as much as US$252 billion in revenue this year.