Job losses at SAA inevitable as part of turnaround strategy, says CEO

The airline is in dire need of cash, with a shortfall of R21 billion that is needed in the next three years to stay in the skies.

FILE: South African Airways planes. Picture: Facebook.com

JOHANNESBURG – The South African Airways CEO Vuyani Jarana says that it is inevitable that staff will lose their jobs as a turnaround strategy kicks in at the state-owned entity.

The airline is in dire need of cash, with a shortfall of R21 billion that is needed in the next three years to stay in the skies.

As part of the national carrier's turn around strategy, jobs might be cut, affecting Air Chefs first.

Air chefs, the catering arm of South African Airways, has launched a consultation process with unions that may lead to job losses. This comes as the airline embarks on its latest airline turnaround strategy.

The company has assured that retrenchment is a last resort option.