Global airlines continue to stare down the abyss as the novel coronavirus pandemic has crushed bottom lines amid a historic slowdown in air travel. Airlines across the world are clamoring for government support. Korean Airlines is trying a different tactic, opting to put all of its Korean national pilots on unpaid leave for three months, the Korea Herald reports.
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Korean Air Lines Co. is set to put all of its non-Korean pilots on a three-month unpaid leave starting next month in a self-rescue effort amid worsening business conditions caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
Under the measure, 387 pilots are expected to go on mandatory unpaid leave from April 1 to June 30, an industry source said Tuesday.
Around 60 of them have already been off without pay, the source added.
“(The measure) is aimed at adjusting workforce following a sharp reduction in operations and entry restrictions in countries,” a company official said, adding that the company factored in how foreign national employees will be more liable to tightened border restrictions.
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