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South African Airways’ aircraft maintenance division is cutting jobs to help weather the crisis that plagued the airline industry throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

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Restructuring is inevitable given the decline in demand from its airline customers, SAA Technical said in a statement.

Although the state-owned company did not specify how many employees would be affected, Derek Mans, a representative of the Solidarity union, said about 60% of a total workforce of just over 2,000 could be eliminated.

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The move comes more than a year after SAA, the national carrier and main customer of SAA Technical, last performed a commercial flight.

The airline has been mired in bankruptcy proceedings and its own major job-cutting plan, while restrictions on international travel to contain the spread of Covid-19 have hampered efforts to resume even partial service.

Mango Airlines, another member of the SAA group, is also in difficulty. The low-cost carrier was briefly suspended from flights on Wednesday by the operator of the country’s airports for non-payment of fees.

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The airline has finally settled some of its debt after emergency talks.

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