The management of Bristow Helicopters has laid off more than 100 pilots and engineers due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on its business.
In a statement on Tuesday, the company said although the decision is painful, the move was inevitable in order to ensure the continuity of its business and delivery of essential services to its customers.
“This decision has not been made lightly, but having considered the state of the business and the very serious constraints caused by the spread of COVID-19 and the downturn in the oil and gas market, the company must now take this painful, but decisive step to ensure the continuity of its business and delivery of essential services to its clients,” the statement read.
“One of these measures includes the right-sizing of the business to ensure that the company has the optimal level of personnel to continue the safe delivery of its services to its clients, whilst allowing the appropriate capacity for future growth.
“Accordingly, and with much regret, the company has taken the very difficult decision to release over 100 pilots and engineers (both national and expatriates) over the next couple of weeks.”
Bristow, however, said it has engaged the leadership of the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) to negotiate fair and equitable compensation for the affected individuals.
The company added that in compliance with the terms of employment, the affected individuals will be paid three months’ salary (excluding applicable deductions) following their exit from the company.
In a related development, Air Peace had announced the sack of some of its pilots on Monday, also due to the COVID-19 economic crisis.