More Emirates pilots, cabin crew lose jobs as redundancy exercise continues
DUBAI (UAE) – Emirates this week terminated more pilots and cabin crew in yet another round of job cuts. This comes as the airline shrinks its work force due to the pandemic spread.
In order to manage a cash crunch because of the crisis, the Dubai state-owned airline is slashing thousands of jobs, including pilots and cabin crew, sources said.
A spokeswoman on Thursday declined to reveal how many staff had been made redundant this week and from which departments. Its workforce of 4,300 pilots and nearly 22,000 cabin crew could drop by a third, said a source.
The job cuts mostly affected Airbus A380 pilots, said a source. There are also hints of more job slashes.
On June 25, Emirates Chief Operating Officer Adel Ahmad Al Redha said that not all of its 115 Airbus A380s would be back in service this year.
Emirates Group, which includes the airline, was “still in the process of implementing the redundancy exercise,” the spokeswoman said.
“Like other airlines and travel companies, COVID-19 has hit us hard, and as a responsible business, we simply must right-size our workforce in line with our reduced operational requirements.”
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