Africa: Ethiopian Airlines retains staff despite dwindling global aviation fortune

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Africa’s largest and most successful carrier, Ethiopian airlines has continued to retain its staff despite the dwindling global aviation fortune sparked by the coronavirus pandemic.

The media have been inundated with the news of the airline sacking most of its staff and crew members in response to the devastating impact of the coronavirus crisis on the global travel industry.

But the carrier’s Group CEO, Tewolde GebreMariam, said the airline has so far maintained all its employees and has been paying its debt with interest notwithstanding the challenges posed by the disease.

According to, GebreMariam disclose this while presenting the activities of Ethiopian Airlines Group (Ethiopian) to the national committee against COVID-19 led by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Friday, in Addis Ababa.

He said: “, Ethiopian Airlines has so far maintained all its employees and has been paying its debt with interest, according to Mr. Tewolde.

“We have managed to fully maintain our payroll. We haven’t lay off a single employee. We are also paying our debt with interest. We are also paying monthly airplane leasing fee,” Mr. Tewolde said.

Meanwhile airlines across the world have either been put out of operation by the crisis or have been forced to cut staff salaries by certain percentages to stay afloat in the business.



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