Layoffs at Air Malta

Malta International Airport plc

Full time and part-time employees at Air Malta have been informed that their employment will be terminated by the end of the month.

Cabin crew on a definite contract at the national airline have received emails informing them that they will be unemployed as of next month, has learnt.

The first case of coronavirus in Malta was registered on 7 March. It was only on 20 March that all passenger flights were suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak in Malta. Citizens and residents who were stranded abroad were subsequently repatriated.

Apart from sparking a global pandemic and public health emergency, coronavirus has dealt a huge blow to the world economy as states scrabbled to stabilise their markets. Most of the hardest hit businesses include those working in hospitality; however, most sectors have been dealt a blow due to the partial lockdown.

Sources speaking to have said that most of those who have been informed so far were employed in October 2018. This would mean that around two-thirds of 338 cabin crew will be without a job from next month.

This newsroom is informed that a group of affected employees will be seeking legal action against the measures which are being proposed as “employment measures”.

As of Friday, there are a total of 202 cases of coronavirus confirmed in Malta.