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More uncertainty ahead for pilots

Antoinette Spicer
Air NZ5

Up to 100 further regional Air New Zealand pilots may lose their jobs as the airline struggles to stay afloat amidst the COVID-19 lockdown.

The announcement of the potential cut was sent out in a union and company email to pilots on Friday.

A pilot, who does not wish to be named, said the announcement was ‘bittersweet’. They were worried further cuts may follow.

Air New Zealand announced last month it would cut a third of its 12,500 staff, including 387 pilots, as it faces a drastic loss of revenue as flying comes to a halt due to border restrictions.

New Zealand Pilots Association Andrew Ridling said meetings for the Air New Zealand restructure were beginning this week.

He would not confirm the number of pilots potentially affected stating: "under the Employment Act Air New Zealand must undergo a consultation".

An Air NZ spokesperson said she was unable to provide comment while the consultation was under way.

E tu, the union which represents 5000 Air NZ staff, also declined to comment.