State-owned airline Tunisair to lease four Airbus A320neo jets

State-owned Tunisair has been losing money every year since Tunisia’s 2011 revolution, prompting urgent demands to be restructured

  
Tunisia airlines Tunisair Airbus A320 in flight.

Tunisia airlines Tunisair Airbus A320 in flight.

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TUNIS - State-owned Tunisair, which has been contending with pandemic-induced financial difficulties, will boost its fleet with four leased Airbus A320neo aircraft to develop its activities, it said on Friday.

State-owned Tunisair has been losing money every year since Tunisia’s 2011 revolution, prompting urgent demands to be restructured.

Tunisair plans to lay off 1000 full-time employees starting next year as part of plans to ease its financial difficulties.

The national carrier’s squeezed finances have led to flight delays, a decline in services and the grounding of aircraft because of a lack of spare parts.

(Reporting by Tarek Amara; editing by David Goodman and Jason Neely) ((tarek.amara@thomsonreuters.com;))


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