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Singapore Airlines to cut 4,300 jobs as COVID inflicts toll

Company cites 'uncertain future' in wake of $810m loss in April-June

Singapore Airlines will cut its payroll by around 16% as it tries to stem losses brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Singapore Airlines will eliminate 4,300 positions, including 2,400 layoffs, due to the prolonged slump in travel demand stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, the company said Thursday, becoming the latest global carrier to announce big job cuts.

In addition to the layoffs, the company will eliminate 1,900 jobs through a recruitment freeze, attrition and voluntary retirement programs across its three airlines: Singapore Airlines, short-haul brand SilkAir and low-cost brand Scoot.  

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