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Garuda Indonesia fires 135 pilots as Q1 sales seen falling one-third

Struggling national airline makes further cuts after furloughing 800

CEO Irfan Setiaputra announced that Garuda Indonesia has fired 135 contract pilots.    © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Indonesia's flagship carrier Garuda Indonesia has fired 135 contract pilots as demand for flights tumble due to lockdowns and travel bans amid the coronavirus outbreak, Nikkei has learned. 

Those fired represent nearly 10% of its 1,400 staff and contract pilots, who are employed via agencies. CEO Irfan Setiaputra announced on Tuesday that Garuda would end the contracts of these pilots ahead of time.

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