Emirates Airlines Dubai, the largest in the Middle East, which employs around 100,000 people, said Sunday it plans to cut jobs due to the Covid-19 pandemic but did not specify the extent.
“We have looked at every possible scenario in order to maintain our business operations, but have come to the conclusion that we unfortunately have to say goodbye to some of the wonderful people who have worked for us,” the company said in a statement.
Emirates spokesperson: “During these difficult times, and although we have slowly started our return to the skies by keeping in line with the safety measures. The current pandemic has impacted many industries around the world and although we have endeavored to sustain the current family as is, we reviewed all possible scenarios in order to sustain our business operations, but have come to the conclusion that we unfortunately have to say goodbye to a few of the wonderful people that worked with us.”
“We continuously are reassessing the situation and will have to adapt to this transitional period. We do not view this lightly, and the company is doing everything possible to protect jobs wherever we can. Where we are forced to take tough decisions we will treat people with fairness and respect. We will work with impacted employees to ensure they are looked after and taken care of with necessary means.”
Emirates, which operates a fleet of 270 wide-body aircraft, announced in March a temporary reduction of 25 to 50% in the base salaries of most of its employees after grounding its fleet.
Emirates said on May 10th that it would take at least 18 months for travel demand to return to “a semblance of normalcy”, even after reporting windfall profits before the pandemic.
The carrier had suspended flights on March 22nd before resuming certain services two weeks later.
Last week, it began operating scheduled but partial services to a number of airports, mostly Western.
On Thursday, Kuwait’s public airline, Kuwait Airways, announced that it will lay off 1,500 expatriate workers, who represent a quarter of its workforce.