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Coronavirus: Kuwait Airways to lay off 1,500 foreign employees

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Kuwait Airways will lay off 1,500 foreign employees due to the impact on its business by the coronavirus pandemic, the state-owned airline said on Thursday.

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The job cuts will affect non-Kuwaiti employees and be across the airline, it said in a tweet, without disclosing which departments the lay-offs would come for.

Kuwaiti newspaper al-Qabas earlier reported the airline was cutting 25 percent of its 6,000 workforce, though employees holding Kuwaiti or Gulf citizenship would not be laid off.

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The newspaper also said employees married to Kuwaitis would be safe from the job cuts.

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