Emirates slashes more workforce in second wave of job cuts

Security Escort Employees Out of the Airline Offices

Emirates continues to make changes to its workforce in order to cut down the costs due to the economic difficulty caused by coronavirus. 

Dubai-based Emirates Airline lays off hundreds of employees in the second phase of job cuts, joining its global peers in becoming leaner to cope with the pandemic that has devastated air travel demand.

Emirates first laid off newly hired flight attendants and pilots at the end of May in a first wave of redundancies. However, today, the airline has taken job cuts to the next level, including laying off many employees who had been at the company for a long time.

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One member of cabin crew who had been laid off said security officers were stationed around the training college as managers processed lines of employees who had attended for their meeting, as reported by ‘Paddle Your Own Kanoo‘.

“Given the significant impact that the pandemic has had on our business, we simply cannot sustain excess resources and have to right-size our workforce in line with our reduced operations,” said an Emirates spokesperson.

Emirates, Etihad extend temporary salary cuts to September

The job cuts follow a previous round of lay offs that were announced on May 31 by Emirates. Emirates has reduced wages and grounded most of its passenger fleet to preserve cash during the crisis that has resulted in massive losses for the global aviation industry.

Earlier, Gulf carriers Emirates and Etihad Airways are extended the period of salary deduction for their staff until September as they try to preserve cash during the global coronavirus pandemic.

Global airlines will suffer a record net loss of $84.3 billion this year, more than double the $31 bn in loss incurred during the 2008-2009 global financial crisis, according to International Air Transport Association (IATA).

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