Malindo Air has asked its staff to take up to a 50 per cent pay cut and two weeks unpaid leave due to decline in air travel affected by Covid-19 coronavirus epidemic which has now infected over 100,000 people worldwide.
In an internal memo to its staff on Friday, the chief executive officer Mushafiz Mustafa Bakri said “With a heavy heart, with not much of any further concrete options, we are now left with no choice but to ask each one of you to take a pay cut of your basic pay of up to 50 per cent for the next several months until normalcy returns,”
Malindo Air, the Malaysian arm of Indonesia’s Lion Air, operates a fleet of 41 to 65 destinations.
The airline, which was founded in 2012, employs around 5000 people.
Malindo is the first airline in Malaysia to cut employee salary.