Ukraine International Airlines reports 35% in staff layoffs

Agence France-Presse has reported Ukraine International Airlines, Ukraine´s largest carrier, has announced layoffs of 900 employees, more than one third of its staff as a result of the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, the company said.

In mid-March, Ukrainian authorities banned all passenger air services to stop the spread of the coronavirus, dealing a blow to carriers´ revenue.

The layoffs will primarily affect administrative personnel and cabin crews.

The airline has been seeking to stay afloat by providing its planes for charter flights, including those carrying Ukrainian seasonal workers to western Europe.

The company said it hoped to restore regular operations after Ukraine resumes air travel on June 15. According to the carrier´s forecast, its number of passengers is set to plummet to 1.9 million this year from 7.9 million in 2019.