Qatar's Hamad airport on-site staff temporarily reduced by 40 percent

Reuters

Posted at Apr 01 2020 07:15 AM

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A Qatar Airways aircraft takes off at the aircraft builder's headquarters of Airbus in Colomiers near Toulouse, France. Regis Duvignau, Reuters/file

Qatar's Hamad International Airport has temporarily reduced the number of employees onsite by 40 percent, with most working from home or on annual leave, a Qatar Airways spokesman said on Tuesday, denying a media report that said the airline had cut its workforce.

"In a press conference earlier today, we confirmed that there had been a temporary reduction of 40 percent of staff at Hamad International Airport across various areas including food and beverage, retail and ground staff," the spokesman said in response to a Reuters query.

"This is purely a short term response to the COVID-19 crisis and the reduction in passenger numbers through the airport."

Hamad International is a subsidiary of Qatar Airways.

Bloomberg had earlier reported that Qatar Airways was planning to reduce its workforce by about 40 percent due to the pandemic.