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

Airport officials spray water on the first Boeing 777-300ER ordered by Kuwait Airways after it landed at Kuwait International Airport on December 9, 2016, in Kuwait City. (AFP)

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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Last Update: Thursday, 28 May 2020 KSA 16:28 - GMT 13:28