Etihad is paying its staff double to work the flights to and from China
According to website simpleflying.com, Etihad Airlines is offering double pay to staff willing to operate flights to China.
Etihad Airways has already announced its cancellation of all flights to mainland China with the exception of Beijing in response to the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.
Reportedly, the reduced UAE-China connections do not appear to have provided Etihad with a surplus of crew for the Beijing bound flight. Rather, it appears to have presented the airline with a roster of employees unwilling to risk contagion on a 15-hour layover every three days. In response, Etihad Airways has offered crew willing to staff the Abu Dhabi-Beijing roundtrip with double-duty pay.
Passengers departing from Beijing have been advised to arrive with enough time to be screened for possible symptoms of the coronavirus. The medical screening could last anywhere between six and eight hours and it isn’t exclusive to passengers—crew members are subject to the check-up and will need to undergo inspection every time they exit China for the foreseeable future.
Flight attendants who work international flights must take into consideration possible restrictions that entering a country might have on their potential to work. With at least 17 countries imposing travel restrictions related to China and the coronavirus, flight attendants opting to fly to Beijing biweekly may find their other route options limited.