A spokeswoman for Etihad Airways in the Emirates said on Sunday that the Abu Dhabi government-owned carrier has extended the period of reducing the salaries of its employees until the end of the year.

She added that it had been decided to reduce the salaries of employees by 10% from this September to the end of next December, compared to a previous reduction between 25 and 50% that ended last month.

She added that the company has resumed the payment of allowances.

And it had previously stopped paying transportation allowances and other allowances related to the nature of work.

The aviation sector has been hit hard by the outbreak of the Corona virus, which has reduced demand for air travel, and forced airlines to take measures to maintain liquidity.

Etihad Airways and its rival Emirates Airlines have laid off employees and required others to take unpaid voluntary leave for months.

Emirates Airlines has also reduced wages until the end of September.

Etihad Airways incurred a loss of $ 758 million in the first half of this year, as passenger traffic decreased by about 60% due to the Corona virus.

The company - which lost $ 5.62 billion in the previous four years - carried 3.5 million passengers in the six months ending on 30 June, compared to 8.2 million in the same period a year ago.