Ukraine’s much-maligned nationwide flag provider to chop nearly 1,000 jobs, slash long-haul routes


Ukraine International Airline introduced on Thursday that it’s slicing 900 jobs, or about 35% of its workers because of a serious decline in demand amid the coronavirus disaster.

Ukraine banned passenger air companies in March. Since then, the airline has flown solely repatriation flights to convey Ukrainians home from different nations.

“Now the company’s management is taking all possible measures to reduce costs and generate income from single flights. Our goal is to preserve the company and key personnel, in particular flight crews”, CEO Yevhenii Dykhne stated.

“We deeply regret to have stopped employing 900 highly qualified professional because of the substantial decline in the airline’s operations”, he added.

The airline had 2,650 workers in the beginning of this yr. It stated it hopes to renew regular operations after June 15, however estimates its passenger site visitors will drop by 76% this yr, all the way down to 1,9 million passengers. In 2019, it carried 7,963 million passengers.

When passenger site visitors is regenerated, the airline plans to revive minimal worldwide route community. It doesn’t count on to renew long-haul operations till at the very least April 2021.

UIA had already been struggling to return to regular after Iran by chance shot one among its planes down in January. All 176 individuals on board have been killed.