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SIA offers cabin crew early retirement and release as it further cuts costs amid Covid-19 pandemic

SINGAPORE - National carrier Singapore Airlines (SIA) is offering its cabin crew early release or retirement as it continues efforts to cut costs amid the Covid-19 pandemic. It told The Straits Times on Wednesday (Aug 12) that the voluntary retirement scheme was introduced in view of the impact of Covid-19 as well as a slower projected recovery trajectory in international air travel . Cabin crew members who successfully apply for the scheme will get payouts and benefits. They will have until end-August to apply. Trainee crew will not be eligible, said SIA. The outcome of the applications will be made known by mid-September. Each application will be considered on its merits, and SIA will also take into account operational requirements in the review of applications, said a spokesman. We continue to work closely with our unions on the way forward where staff measures are concerned. We will announce any additional measures, if necessary, at the appropriate time. The SIA Group, which comprises SIA, budget arm Scoot and regional arm SilkAir, has about 11,000 cabin crew in total.


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