Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Tunisair to axe 400 staff

The national carrier of Tunisia, Tunisair has confirmed it will fire around 400 staff in a desperate bid to regain some control of its spiralling financial situation.

The airline, which is owned by the Tunisian government has a workforce of some 8000 people, far more than its 27 aircraft strong fleet needs to keep operating. Yet despite this excessive over staffing, the carrier has been unable to keep flights operating on-time or all aircraft in the operation.  A number has been withdrawn due to mechanical issues and the lack of spare parts with which to repair them.

“As part of a structural reform programme, 400 employees will be laid off in 2020 in an effort to reduce the company’s high wage mass and ease its financial difficulties,” said the airlines CEO Elyess Mankabi, this week. 
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