Indonesian airlines carry out layoffs to cope with COVID-19 pressures

first_imgTopics : “Such crisis has also hit supporting industries, such as aircraft maintenance, ground handling and travel agents. Therefore, INACA is really hoping for a positive response from the government to avoid more job cuts,” the chairman said.A drastic drop in flight frequency and vast flight cancellations have been reported since January. Angkasa Pura I (AP I), for example, saw massive flight cancellations between January and February at its 15 airports across the country due to decreasing demand.During the period, AP I reported that as many as 12,703 flights with about 1.67 million passengers had been canceled – 11,680 of which were domestic.  “If there is more uncertainty about when COVID-19 can be contained, this will worsen the aviation industry [situation] and may even lead to operational termination due to bankruptcy,” Denon said in an official statement.He added that airlines had been halting operations and laying off employees to reduce financial loss.Denon went on to say that the industry needed help in the form of fiscal incentives, such as corporate income tax payment postponement and spare part import duty suspension, as well as stimulus from the government through discounts on several fees to keep the industry alive during the pandemic and recovery period.Moreover, the industry hopes state-owned enterprises (SOEs) provide assistance, including with a reduction in airport and navigation fees.  If the government and SOEs did not immediately respond to such demands, Denon said there would be more massive layoffs to ensure the airlines’ survival.center_img A number of Indonesian airlines have started taking efficiency measures amid challenging times caused by the COVID-19 pandemic by laying off employees, ranging from pilots, flight attendants, technicians to other supporting crew, as reported by the Indonesia National Air Carrier Association (INACA).The pandemic has hit the airline industry hard, with many airlines forced to cut both international and domestic flights due to travel bans and restrictions to several countries. Virus fears have also held people back from traveling by air.INACA chairman Denon Prawiratmadja said on Thursday that there had been a drastic decline in the number of air passengers since early March, causing all airlines to cut flight frequency and routes by 50 percent or more.last_img read more

"Indonesian airlines carry out layoffs to cope with COVID-19 pressures"

Martinez hails Barry influence

first_img “I think we have enough experience to do that but obviously Gareth has been very influential and it seems he has been at Everton for a long time – that is how comfortable he looks with the team.” Martinez watched City get taken apart by European champions Bayern Munich in midweek with some admiration. However, he does not think it will have any effect on their game against Manuel Pellegrini’s side. “Bayern are European champions for a reason and they have gone to the next level now,” he said. “For anyone who plays against Bayern it is going to be the biggest football test at club level and you have to admire the way they are playing. “They are taking possession football into a new degree and I thought they were magnificent. “There is never a good or bad time because when you play a top side you know they are going to be ready on the day, they have a really good squad and can make changes and refresh it if they need to. “We know we will have to be at our best but we will embrace that challenge, and we look forward to facing Man City in their own backyard because, in my eyes, they are title challengers this season. “We need to look to ourselves. Only the best can be a good enough performance against Manchester City.” The fixture is the first time Martinez has faced City since beating them in the FA Cup final with his Wigan underdogs, but he does not expect to reference that game in his pre-match planning. “In many ways it is very different because you have a different manager with different ideas and different players. But then, in the same way, you have a lot of the important players who have been at the club for a long while and that means there will be similarities,” he said. “It is a completely different way of playing and, in that respect, it is going to be a different side.” Barry has slotted seamlessly into the Toffees’ midfield since his loan move late in the transfer window, but he is ineligible to play against his parent club at the the Etihad Stadium. It is a match when the former England international’s vast experience would have been in demand, but Martinez is keen to focus on the positives and how the Barry effect has filtered out to the rest of the squad, particularly the impressionable youngsters. “There has been a lot of talk about his 500 appearances in the Premier League (chalked up in Monday’s win over Newcastle) which is an incredible stat and shows the experience he has,” said the Spaniard. “But the way he is as a human being is an incredible influence for players like James McCarthy, Ross Barkley up to a point – players who can look up to someone who has been through many experiences and can give some sort of calm influence. “On the pitch I thought James McCarthy developed a good chemistry with Gareth. “In the second half against West Ham he did that straight away and he grew even bigger against Newcastle. “Players like James and Ross are going to get stronger and better and learn so quickly from someone like Gareth – he adds to the development of our youngsters, which is invaluable really. “I was always aware (of his ineligibility against City) so we need to accept it will be a period when he can recover, have a breather and get ready for the next game. “What matters is not that you are going to miss with Gareth, it is the opposite: (it is) what he is bringing already and the influence he has had in the dressing room and the games and how excited we are to have him for the rest of the season. “It will be a great opportunity for someone else and I think as a team you welcome those opportunities. The calming presence of Gareth Barry may be missing against Manchester City but his influence has already rubbed off on team-mates, according to Everton manager Roberto Martinez. Press Associationlast_img read more

"Martinez hails Barry influence"