No salary cuts for SriLankan Airlines' staff despite flight restrictions
3 years ago
[caption id="attachment_30589" align="alignleft" width="300"] SriLankan Airlines Ltd. Chairman Ashok Pathirage[/caption]
Despite airlines around the world temporarily reducing salaries of employees to mitigate losses, national carrier SriLankan Airlines has no plans to resort to any pay cuts, The Sunday Morning Business learns.
Currently, all passenger flights into Sri Lanka have been postponed indefinitely with effect from 17 March, with only departure flights being operational since last Sunday (22), in a measure adopted to contain the spread of Covid-19 within the country.
When contacted for confirmation, SriLankan Airlines Ltd. Chairman Ashok Pathirage stated that at the moment, there are no plans to reduce salaries of SriLankan employees. “We still haven’t had any discussions on this matter. We are paying salaries without any cuts,” Pathirage noted. However, Pathirage and the Board of Directors of the national carrier do not draw a salary from SriLankan Airlines and work in a voluntary capacity. When asked whether SriLankan Airlines would opt for a different measure to cope with the inevitable financial impact due to the loss of flights, Pathirage said it was premature to comment. Last Sunday (22), Dubai’s state-owned airline Emirates decided to suspend most of its 159 passenger flights, choosing to continue flying to only 13 destinations and that too only due to requests from governments to facilitate the repatriation of travellers. Along with this, Emirates announced that basic salaries of a majority of its employees will be cut by between 25-50% for the next three months. Meanwhile, basic salaries of British Airways pilots are to be slashed by 50% for April and May, split over three months, in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to Financial Times. IndiGo, an Indian low-cost airline, is also set to implement salary cuts of up to 25% for its employees due to restricted air travel driven by the pandemic. Moreover, US’ Delta Airlines’ employees will be offered short-term unpaid leave and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ed Bastian said he would stop taking a salary.