Etihad Airways tackles a collapse in global travel demand

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Etihad Airways has attempted to dispel fears about its future after the International Air Transport Association warned of the viability of Middle Eastern airlines.

Tony Douglas, executive director of the Abu Dhabi flag carrier, said the airline is well positioned to survive the coronavirus pandemic.

“We want to assure you that if we all later want to go back to our normal life and travel later, Etihad will still be there to ensure that it is the best way to enjoy the experience,” said Douglas.

The move comes as IATA warns airlines in the Middle East of a liquidity crisis.

Hundreds of thousands of jobs in the region are at risk, the trade organization said.

IATA called for government intervention to alleviate the crisis.

“We will do everything we can to ensure that we can reassure you,” added Douglas, “on behalf of the entire Etihad family.”

Etihad has canceled dozens of flights and asked some employees to choose paid vacation to cope with the collapse of the global travel requirement.

There were 220,000 cases of the new corona virus worldwide with more than 9,000 deaths.

“These are unprecedented times,” said Douglas in the video.

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