To cope with the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Royal Air Maroc (RAM) has just laid off 140 employees, including 65 pilots. Several hundred more will receive their dismissal letters in the coming days.
Royal Air Maroc will still have to part with 900 of its employees including 150 pilots, or 32% of the staff, to hope to brave the bad weather. All sectors of the company are affected by this dismissal. People over 57 years of age with at least 15 years of seniority are called upon to opt for voluntary departure. The suspensions will take effect from August 31.
Apart from the dismissal for economic reasons, the airline plans to lease or sell about 20 planes. Several lines in Africa, Asia, Europe and America will also be removed. Like many Moroccan companies, RAM has suffered huge losses in revenue. Managing Director Abdelhamid Addou speaks of 50 million dirhams ($ 5.4 million) per day since the suspension of business operations. He is convinced that the impact of the crisis will be “long and painful”. It will take the company 36 months to hope for a return to normal.