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Gulf Air slashes workforce by 200 employees

Appeals committee now established, with 11 staff already reinstated.
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Gulf Air has reduced its workforce by 200 employees over the past month and a half, the Bahrain-based airline has confirmed to LogisticsMiddleEast.com.

An appeals committee has now been established, with 100 employees taking the opportunity to appeal their redundancy, 11 of whom have already been reinstated.

“While we cannot comment on specific cases, all dismissals followed the individual review of each case by established internal committees and were carried out in full accordance with company policies and procedures and Bahraini labour law,” a spokesperson explained.

The carrier has reported a shaky start to the year, with a 25% drop in bookings in the first five months of 2011, mainly due to political unrest in the Middle East and Africa, including its home market in Bahrain. However, it experienced an upswing in demand from last month.

“Since May 1 we have started to see an upturn in reservations and are optimistic that this will continue with summer bookings,” the spokesperson added.

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