Scale of Gulf Air staff cuts depends on network changes

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Gulf Air is yet to determine the scale of cuts in its workforce required under its three-year restructuring plan, but insists it is aiming to avoid redundancies.

Speaking to ATI, chief executive Samer Majali said that the carrier's headcount was falling by around 50 per month through natural attrition.

But he says the size of the workforce "depends on our ability to modify our network". The carrier is to focus on building up its regional connections and making greater use of short- and medium-haul aircraft.

"We will be reviewing all cost elements that do not provide equivalent or greater value and within that context we will be looking to significantly resize our workforce over this three-year period," Majali says.

The carrier, which employs around 5,000 personnel, will aim to achieve reductions through retirements, normal attrition, ending of contracts and other measures.

While Majali says redundancies "may be inevitable", he adds: "Our priority will always be on retaining the best and most productive talent, safeguarding the jobs of Bahraini nationals and expats who continue to work hard for Gulf Air's long term success and future."