Emirates airline reportedly cut jobs

The Dubai-based carrier let go of pilots and flight attendants as it resumes flights during the crisis in global travel, Reuters reported.

al-monitor Members of cleaning staff in protective suits board an Emirates Airbus A380 to disinfect it during the coronavirus outbreak, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 5, 2020.  Photo by Emirates Airline/Handout via REUTERS.

Jun 1, 2020

The Dubai-based airline Emirates has reportedly let go of some flight attendants and pilots. The major international carrier is trying to maintain flights as it deals with the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent downturn in global travel.

Emirates laid off trainee pilots and cabin crew employees, Reuters reported May 31.

In a statement sent to Al-Monitor, the airline confirmed the cuts but did not specify how many jobs were lost  Emirates said it is working to lose as few employees as possible. 

“We do not view this lightly, and the company is doing everything possible to protect the workforce wherever we can,” read the statement.

The Reuters report also did not include information on the number of employees losing their jobs. Last month, the financial news outlet Bloomberg reported that the airline was considering cutting 30,000 jobs.

Emirates has experienced losses during the pandemic just as other Middle Eastern airlines have. In March, nearly all of its flights stopped during the virus-related shutdown in the United Arab Emirates. In late May, Emirates resumed passenger flights to some North American, European and Australian destinations. Emirates has implemented rapid coronavirus testing on its flights from the Abu Dhabi hub, allowing departing passengers to see results within minutes.

Emirates is working to drum up business now that its flights have resumed. The airline introduced a program last month in which customers can earn miles by shopping in the United Arab Emirates. 

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