On Thursday, Emirates Airlines dismissed a new batch of its employees as part of its cost-cutting plan to adapt to the effects of the Corona virus on the global aviation sector.
“As a responsible company, we must adjust the size of the workforce, in line with our lower operating requirements,” the company said in a statement.
Emirates Airlines had sacked a group of its employees last month, in addition to cutting salaries by 50 percent.
“It was not easy to make such painful decisions … We continue to take all possible measures to reduce costs, restore revenue flow and maintain jobs,” she added.
The national carrier of the Emirate of Dubai added that the company is still in the process of reviewing the human resources requirements, despite the gradual resumption of operation, to more safe and feasible destinations in terms of returns.
She noted that the company’s operations today are much lower than before, and “it will take some time for it to recover to pre-epidemic levels.”
She said: “The Covid-19 pandemic affected us just as it affected airlines and other travel agencies.” While not mentioning the number of employees who were laid off this week or the departments in which they work.
And airlines worldwide suffer losses estimated at 314 billion dollars during 2020, along with 550 billion dollars in debts, which will not be able to get rid of them easily in the coming years, according to the expectations of the International Air Transport Association “IATA”.
The “Corona” crisis led to the collapse of demand for air travel during the first half of this year, but the sector is counting on the resumption of activities and the lifting of the global ban to compensate losses.