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Coronavirus: Wizz Air Announces Layoffs, Salary Cuts

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.04.14.

Hungarian low-cost carrier Wizz Air on Tuesday said it is laying off 1,000 staff, 19 percent of its workforce, due to coronavirus-related travel restrictions. It is also reducing the salaries of pilots, cabin crew and office staff by 14 percent.

The airline’s board of directors and senior officers will also take a pay cut, of 22 percent.

The airline is gradually returning 32 older leased aircraft as existing lease contracts expire.

Wizz Air said it is currently operating at 3 percent of its pre-pandemic capacity.

In the meantime, it has worked with various government to offer repatriation flights in Europe, Central Asia, North Africa and North America.

It has also operated a number of flights between China and Hungary to deliver medical supplies with most of the orders coming from the Hungarian government, it added.

Featured photo illustration by Zsolt Szigetváry/MTI


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