Coronavirus lockdown
Older than 7 days

Ukraine International Airlines to cut 900 staff

Ukraine International Airlines
Ukraine International Airlines, © Ukraine International Airlines

Related News

KIEV - Ukraine International Airlines, Ukrainian largest carrier, is cutting about 35% of its staff amid a sharp decline in its passenger traffic due to the coronavirus lockdown, the company said on Thursday.

Ukrainian authorities banned scheduled passenger air services in mid-March, among other restrictions imposed on businesses and individuals, in order to minimise the spread of the disease.

In the past two months, the airline has flown only several repatriation flights to bring Ukrainians home from other countries.

The privately owned airline hopes it will be allowed to start resuming normal operations after June 15. But according to the company's forecast, its passenger traffic will decrease by approximately 46% this year.

"We deeply regret to have stopped employing 900 highly qualified professional because of the substantial decline in the airline’s operations," the company's chief executive officer Yevhenii Dykhne said in a statement, adding management had made every effort to cut costs.

As of Jan. 1, the company had 2,560 employees. The airline had already been struggling with the financial and human impact after one its planes crashed shortly after takeoff en route from Tehran to Kiev on Jan. 8. All 176 people aboard the flight were killed.

After days of denying blame, Iran acknowledged shooting the plane down, saying it had done so by mistake.
© Reuters, | 29/05/2020 07:42

Comments (0) Go Home

To write a comment, please sign up at or log in.



Discussions on current events and developments in the aviation industry

Pilot Jobs at " by SkyTest®"

Special: Flight Training

Most Read Passenger Experience

There are new
stories at

Reload main page