South Africa’s debt-ridden national carrier, South African Airways will be carrying out one of its largest job cuts in its history.
According to a report by Bloomberg, the airline’s management is already in talks with the labour union that it will be laying off about 944 people across its business units.
Also called SAA, the airline has about 5,149 employees. The medium reported that proposedthe restructuring includes all SAA divisions and departments, excluding its Mango Airlines, Air Chefs and SAA Technical units.
There are no guarantees that the latest job cuts will solve its problems given that the airline already has about $1.9 billion debt piled up over 13 years.
SAA will still require billions of dollars to remain in operation, funds that will be provided by the South African government.