Etihad Airways freezes recruitment of non-operational staff

Published June 1st, 2016 - 05:05 GMT
Etihad is planning to carry 19 million passengers this year, an increase on the 17.6 million in carried in 2015. (File photo)
Etihad is planning to carry 19 million passengers this year, an increase on the 17.6 million in carried in 2015. (File photo)

Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways is not hiring non-operational staff until “at least” the end of the year after introducing an partial employment freeze in the first quarter, Etihad Aviation Group president and chief executive James Hogan said on Tuesday.

Hogan said Etihad will not be firing any of its 27,000 staff and the freeze will only affect its non-operational employees, who also will not be replaced if they resign. The airline will continue hiring pilots, cabin crew and engineers, he said.

The employment freeze was introduced “at the end of the first quarter” in a move to curb the impact of yield pressure (profit margins on airfares) on the airline’s bottom-line, Hogan said at a media briefing in Dublin.

Airlines around the world have complained this year that currency fluctuations, economic uncertainty, including the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom, and overcapacity in the market are putting pressure on yields.

“Worldwide you’re seeing great deals or heavy discounting depending how you look at it,” said Hogan, who spoke to reporters ahead of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) annual meet in the Irish capital this week.


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