Fiji Airways sheds nearly half its workforce

Monday, May 25, 2020

Fiji’s national airline is laying off more than 750 staff, about half of its workforce, as it struggles for survival.

Remaining employees will have their pay reduced by 20 percent and only get paid for the days they work. Chief Executive Andre Viljoen said the company was negotiating with lenders and aircraft lessors for payment deferrals. He said Fiji Airways expected to receive almost zero revenue over the coming months due to the coronavirus pandemic causing international flights to be cancelled. He said the company had a responsibility to shareholders and to the people of Fiji to survive the crisis.-AP