Emirates lays off staff, plans to cut more jobs
Emirates, one of the biggest airlines in the world, on Wednesday will lay off more pilots and cabin crew, sources said.
A spokeswoman for the Emirates declined to comment beyond Tuesday’s announcement by the airline that some staff have been laid off. No further details have been given.
As the deadly outbreak of Coronavirus has reached its peak in its spread, even the well-reputed and financially stable companies are dismissing employees as fears of financial losses have soared.
According to reports, hundreds of pilots and thousands of cabin crew were laid off Tuesday by the Dubai state airline in a bid to save the existing financial misery from the Coronavirus pandemic.
More redundancies have been expected this week, including pilots from both the Airbus A380 and Boeing 777, the sources further said.
Earlier the airline carried 251 passengers and arrived at Islamabad after the government had allowed Emirates to operate special flights from Dubai to Pakistan.
Emirates had been allowed to operate a flight from Dubai to Islamabad to bring back stranded Pakistanis.
After their arrival, all the passengers were moved to various quarantine facilities for medical testing according to the Coronavirus rules.
Emirates airline had already activated precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the deadly virus at Dubai International Airport.
Similarly, all possible measures had already been put in place by the civil aviation authorities to ensure passenger and airline crew safety against the spread of Covid-19.
In addition, social distancing and other safety interventions at airports were strictly enforced.
Emirates had also agreed to collect debt to aid through the Coronavirus epidemic, which has grappled nearly every company including global travel.
The airline group has also warned that it will take at least 18 months to recover to resolve economic disasters. It also reported an increase in profit of 21 per cent for its financial year.
However, Emirates had not mentioned how much debt it would raise. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the airline suspended regular passenger flights in March.