Medavia fires pilots and crew

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Malta-based Medavia has fired its pilots and crew.

In a statement the company said that the drastic decision to ground the fleet was inevitable due to COVID-19 pandemic which has had disastrous effect on the company’s operation.

Twenty pilots of which six are Maltese, and five crew members have been made redundant. A team has been left stranded in South Sudan, Times of Malta reported earlier. Medavia said that it will continue with the process of repatriating all crew members in outstations despite the difficulties brought about by coronavirus pandemic.

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus many countries have gone into partial or complete shutdown in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus and control the infection. The global pandemic not only caused a global public health emergency but has sparked an economic crisis.

Medavia said that it could not do otherwise but to make redundancies. The drastic measure was taken with the aim of saving the company which still has an engineering and maintenance arm.

The company will put its effort in restructuring so that it would viable to continue to run the remaining operating segments.

The Malta Aviation Outlook said that it was informed that other employees who work in the office were also made redundant.

Medavia Technics and Ground-Ops will still continue to operate normally, according to the Malta Aviation Outlook. The redundancies do not include Med-Ops, which is a partnership with Air Nostrum.