Turkish Airlines to put foreign pilots on unpaid leave

A Turkish Airlines plane arriving from Istanbul parks at the Basel - Mulhouse Euroairport in Saint Louis, eastern France, on August 4, 2020. (File/AFP)
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Updated 26 October 2020

Turkish Airlines to put foreign pilots on unpaid leave

  • The unpaid leave will start on Nov. 1
  • The company did not specify how many pilots would be affected

DUBAI: Turkish Airlines has emailed company staff regarding the carrier’s plans to put foreign pilots on unpaid leave dur to the negative economic impact of coronavirus, Bloomberg reported.
The unpaid leave will start on Nov. 1 and the decision will be subject to a review after six months, the email said, but did not specify how many pilots would be affected.
The airline’s spokesman declined to comment.
Turkish Airlines reported a loss of $280 million in the second quarter and nearly a two-third drop in passenger numbers.
The company has not fired employees or applied for government financial help, but has cut by 50 percent pilot wages and also decreased salaries of other staff.


Zarif ‘desperate’ to blame Saudi Arabia for anything negative that happens in Iran: Al-Jubeir

Updated 01 December 2020

Zarif ‘desperate’ to blame Saudi Arabia for anything negative that happens in Iran: Al-Jubeir

  • “It is not the policy of Saudi Arabia to engage in assasinations; unlike Iran” minister tweeted

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir said on Tuesday Mohammad Zarif, Iranian foreign minister, was “desperate” to blame Saudi Arabia for anything negative that happens in Iran.

“Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif is desperate to blame the Kingdom for anything negative that happens in Iran. Will he blame us for the next earthquake or flood?” he tweeted.

“It is not the policy of Saudi Arabia to engage in assasinations; unlike Iran, which has done so since the Khomeini Revolution in 1979. Ask us, and ask many other countries who have lost many of their citizens due to Iran’s criminal and illegal behavior,” he added.

Al-Jubeir's comments come after Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killed in an ambush near Tehran on Friday.

Fakhrizadeh has been described by Western and Israeli intelligence services for years as the leader of a covert atomic bomb programme halted in 2003, which Israel and the United States accuse Tehran of trying to restore in secret.

Iran has blamed external entities, including Israel and an exiled opposition group, for the killing.