Singapore Airlines to cut 4,300 jobs due to pandemic

Singapore Airlines Group says it will eliminate 4,300 jobs due to the “long road to recovery” for the global aviation industry battered by the coronavirus pandemic

The group said in a statement it will cut the positions across Singapore Airlines, regional arm SilkAir and budget unit Scoot.

After taking into account a recruitment freeze, natural attrition and the take up of voluntary departure schemes, it said the actual number of laid off staff will be only about 2,400 in Singapore and overseas.

“This decision was taken in light of the long road to recovery for the global airline industry due to the debilitating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the urgent need for the group’s airlines to adapt to an uncertain future,” it added. The company said it has begun talks with Singapore-based unions to finalize the arrangement.

The Singapore Airlines group in July reported a 1.12 billion Singapore dollar ($820 million) net loss for the three months to June, its largest quarterly loss. It has said it expects to operate at under half its capacity until next year.