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COVID-19 Impact: SIA Freezes Hiring

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has introduced a hiring freeze and is contemplating other cost-cutting measures amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.

According to The Strait Times, other possible measures could possibly include asking staff to go on voluntary no-pay leave. The report further stated that after three rounds of flight cuts including the latest on Monday, the flag carrier is facing an excess manpower situation of more than 500 cabin crew members and some 50 pilots.

The airline has implemented a “general recruitment freeze” for all ground positions, in response to the virus outbreak. Non-essential duty travel has also been suspended.

“We are closely monitoring the evolving situation and will be decisive in implementing any additional measures that may be needed. However, we will not do anything that compromises the SIA group’s long-term competitiveness,” a CNA report quoted an SIA spokesman.

 

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