File - A firefighter participates in a drill at Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut, Thursday, April 4, 2013. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Lebanon's only cargo airline is facing an uncertain future, after the company incurred $230 million losses, prompting the management to press its staff to submit their resignation before it releases their salaries, insiders and employees said Monday.Trans Mediterranean Airways (TMA), which has suspended all flights over the past few months, has failed to pay the salaries of its 150 staff for the last three months. TMA owns one Airbus A300F4-622R and had leased another Airbus, but eventually returned the leased plane after the company incurred heavy losses due to tough competition, an insider said.TMA's management declined to make any comment about either the situation of the airline or the fate of the employees.According to Immad Jamil a TMA employee, the company originally offered to pay employees 2.5 months' salary for every year they had worked for the company, up until the 28th year.The company has said it will release employees' salaries if the employees resign.
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