Kuwait Airways to lay off 1,500 foreign employees

Job cuts will affect non-Kuwaiti employees and be across Kuwaiti airline due to coronavirus pandemic’s impact on its business.

KUWAIT - Kuwait Airways will lay off 1,500 foreign employees due to the impact on its business by the coronavirus pandemic, the state-owned airline said on Thursday.

"In dealing with the coronavirus crisis and its negative impact on commercial operations ... Kuwait Airways announces the termination of around 1,500 non-Kuwaiti employees," the airline said on Twitter, without disclosing which departments the lay-offs would come for.

Kuwaiti newspaper al-Qabas earlier reported the airline was cutting 25% of its 6,000 workforce, though employees holding Kuwaiti or Gulf citizenship would not be laid off.

The newspaper also said employees married to Kuwaitis would be safe from the job cuts.