Singapore Airlines Group to furlough thousands of employees

Published on : Friday, September 11, 2020

Singapore Airlines Group recently announced that it has decided to furlough nearly 4,300 employees from various positions across its airlines including Singapore Airlines, SilkAir and Scoot. The decision has been undertaken in light of the expected slow recovery of the global airline industry due to the devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The airline mentioned in a recent statement that the recruitment freeze, natural attrition and the take up of voluntary departure schemes will help reduce the potential number of staff impacted to about 2,400 in Singapore and in overseas stations. It also stated that the carrier is in an even more vulnerable position, as it does not have a domestic market that will be the first to see a recovery.

Goh Choon Phong, Chief Executive, Singapore Airlines said in a statement that in the initial days of the pandemic no one could predicted its devastating impact on the global aviation industry. He mentioned that the authorities gave priority to ensure survival and save as many jobs as possible from the outset of the virus outbreak. However, he also said that as the road to recovery will be long and fraught with uncertainty, the airline we have to unfortunately implement involuntary staff reduction measures.

He added that letting go of valuable and dedicated people is the hardest and most agonising decision that he had to make in his 30 years with Singapore Airlines Group. He said that the move is not a reflection of the strengths and capabilities of those who will be affected but the result of an unprecedented global crisis that has engulfed the airline industry.

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