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Minister backs reform to ensure Tunisair survives virus

Posted 20 April 2020 · Add Comment

Tunisia’s transport minister Anouar Maarouf has warned that Tunisair’s air transport industry is unlikely to recover before summer 2021, reports Romuald Touembou Ngueyap.


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Maarouf, speaking in a radio broadcast in Tunis said he had met with Elyes Mankbi, CEO of Tunisair and said to allow the airline to resume after the Covid19 panademic, urgent measures should be initiated. Without such intervention there is a risk of seeing the national airline disappear, he said
He said that air transport is among the sectors most affected by the pandemic, undermining the sustainability of a number of carrierscarriers.
A two-prong process is underway. "The first is to take urgent measures to stop the bleeding, and the second is to submit a dossier on reform scenarios to a Ministerial Council, in order to immediately initiate the radical reform of the national carrier, and thereby enable it to make its way into the new post-Coronavirus world, "he said, adding that reform is becoming imperative at the risk of seeing the company go bankrupt.

According to Tunisair it lost nearly $52 million since March and revenue was virtually zero.

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