Rwanda’s flagship carrier, RwandAir on Sunday revealed that it had resolved to reduce employees’ salaries by between 8% to 65% as part of measures to cut costs, due to the effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The airline stated that it had been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and it had to employ several temporary measures to cut costs, including the reduction of employees’ salaries, to protect the company’s future well-being and to avoid laying off staff.
According to a report by BBC, in a memo to its staff, Rwandair said the decision was made to “avoid laying-off staff”.
“This was an extremely tough decision, however, the choice we made is the best option at this time,” the memo stated.
The airline also extended the suspension of contracts for pilots and non-essential staff until further notice.
RwandAir, which flies to 29 destinations across the world, suspended all commercial flights on March, 19 2020 after Rwanda announced restrictive measures to curb the spread of coronavirus