Emirates Confirms Job Cuts As Coronavirus Hits Air Travel Demand

Like many other global airlines, Emirates is also looking forward to cut jobs in order to reduce its cash burn. Emirates had around 60,000 employees in March.


Emirates Confirms Job Cuts As Coronavirus Hits Air Travel Demand
Emirates to cut jobs in order to reduce cash burn. Photo: Emirates

The largest airline in Middle East said on Sunday that it had decided to cut "a few" jobs amid the corona virus pandemic.


However, the airline did not disclose the number of redundancies, neither did specify which functions would be affected. 

Emirates Confirms Job Cuts As Coronavirus Hits Air Travel Demand
Trainee pilots and cabin crew to be affected. Photo: Emirates



Two of the company sources said that trainee pilots and cabin crew had been affected, as the airline expects many of its wide-bodies to remain grounded until 2022. 

Regarding the job cuts, an Emirates spokesperson said Gulf Today:

"During these difficult times, and although we have slowly started our return to the skies by keeping in line with the safety measures."

Emirates Confirms Job Cuts As Coronavirus Hits Air Travel Demand
Emirates will do everything possible to save the jobs. Photo: Emirates

Unfortunately, after reviewing all possible scenarios the Dubai-based international airline concluded to say "goodbye to a few of its employees."

Emirates Confirms Job Cuts As Coronavirus Hits Air Travel Demand
Emirates will take care of the impacted employees. Photo: Emirates



"We will work with impacted employees to ensure they are looked after and take care of with necessary means."

Staffs who are going to be affected received letters on Sunday informing them that their contracts would be terminated in June.

Along with Emirates, the group's ground-handling unit, Dnata, has also begun laying off employees. Emirates Group had more than 105,000 employees in March.

Emirates Confirms Job Cuts As Coronavirus Hits Air Travel Demand
Dnata has also begun laying off employees Photo: Gulf Business



Emirates could cut about 30,000 jobs at the end of March, people familiar with the matter said last month, as the largest long-haul carrier seeks to reduce operating costs after the COVID-19 pandemic hit air travel.

The Dubai-based group is also considering to permanently retire some of its Airbus A380 superjumbos with a final decision likely to be announced in days to come according to sources familiar to the matter.

Emirates Confirms Job Cuts As Coronavirus Hits Air Travel Demand
Emirates' Chairman is expecting more than a year for recovery Photo: Emirates



Recently, Emirates' Chairman, Sheikh Maktoum said, "We expect it will take 18 months at least, before travel demand returns to a semblance of normality."

Dubai's government has already said that it would financially support the state-owned carrier. The UAE government confirmed that it would inject additional liquidity to keep the airline afloat.

Emirates Confirms Job Cuts As Coronavirus Hits Air Travel Demand
Emirates is planning to cancel last five A380 orders. Photo: Emirates



The airline is also in continuous talks with Airbus regarding remaining Airbus A380 orders as the Dubai-based airline is planning to cancel five of its last eight A380 orders.

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