Prospect of job cuts in Singapore Airlines: CEO

Following a surprise quarterly loss, Singapore Airlines (SIA) said that jobs are likely to be cut as the airlines undergoes business review.

There is prospect of job cuts in Singapore Airlines.
There is prospect of job cuts in Singapore Airlines. Photo courtesy: Singapore Airlines

Talking to reporters on the side-lines of annual meeting of International Air Transport Association in Cancun, Goh Choon Phong, Chief Executive Officer of SIA said, “The carrier's staff is aware headcount reduction is possible under the process.”

He added, “Some jobs may become irrelevant, while some workers may need new skills for different tasks. It is too early to provide numbers.”

Goh Choon Phong, Chief Executive Officer of SIA.
Goh Choon Phong, Chief Executive Officer of SIA. Photo courtesy: flights nation

He directed a similar warning on the jobs front in May when unveiling a major business transformation plan.

He said, “The review process that covers the carrier's fleet and network started more than six months ago, and SIA has hired external advisers for help.”

It is pertinent to mention that Singapore Airlines is under pressure to reduce costs and revamp its business amid intense competition from regional discount carriers and Middle-Eastern rivals.

Meanwhile, Cathay Pacific Airways also announced last month that it would eliminate 600 jobs in Hong Kong. This was part of the biggest business revamp in two decades as it slipped into a loss for the first time in eight years.

Cathay Pacific has set a target to save 30 per cent in employee costs at its head office.

Ashraf Jamal
Ashraf Jamal – Senior Writer

Ashraf Jamal brings a rare depth to writing equipped with a degree in journalism, a postgraduate degree in political science, and a degree in law from the Allahabad University. His experience includes editing and publishing the Northern India Patrika and writing for Times of India for almost a decade covering just about any topic under the sun including NRIs and Indian diaspora.


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