BEIRUT: Lebanon’s Pilots Association lashed out at Trans Mediterranean Airways, a private cargo airline, accusing the company of seeking to replace Lebanese pilots with foreign aviators.
“TMA pilots continued to fly until few months before their arbitrary layoff. ... The company had abandoned its planes, failed to renew pilots’ licenses and went ahead with plans to rent new planes manned by foreign pilots,” the statement said.
Earlier this week, the head of the association, Fadi Khalil, told The Daily Star that the company was about to hire a number of foreign pilots instead of offering a six-month training course to pilots it had laid off few years ago.
The association has long accused TMA of arbitrary laying off 46 Lebanese pilots without offering compensation.
The company cites “dire financial difficulties,” one of the justifications under Lebanese labor law for laying off employees.