Emirates tight-lipped over reports of further redundancies

Dubai-based carrier made over 1,000 employees redundant on Tuesday

The Dubai-based carrier was forced to make over 1,000 employees redundant on Tuesday.

Emirates have refused to confirm whether further staff redundancies are being made on Wednesday.

The Dubai-based carrier was forced to make over 1,000 employees redundant on Tuesday – 700 cabin crew and 600 pilots.

Reports from news agency Reuters on Wednesday, citing three unnamed company sources, suggested that the airline was to lose more staff, including both Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 pilots.

However, when contacted by Arabian Business, a spokesperson for Emirates said there was nothing further to add to the previous statement issued on Tuesday.

In May Bloomberg reported that Emirates planned to cut as many as 30,000 jobs, or 30 percent of its workforce, as the world’s largest long-haul carrier struggled to preserve cash amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has severely impacted airlines around the world.

The region’s carriers, which are now attempting to kick start passenger services, will lose $4.8 billion this year, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Emirates has begun operating scheduled flight services to nine destinations around the world including London Heathrow, Frankfurt, Paris, Milan, Madrid, Chicago, Toronto, Sydney and Melbourne.

The carrier is also ramping up its return to the skies with the resumption of passenger flights to 30 cities, including the relaunch of its transit operations.

Flights to Bahrain, Manchester, Zurich, Vienna, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Dublin, New York JFK, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta, Taipei, Hong Kong, Perth, Brisbane and Kabul, will be available from June 15 on the carrier’s 777-300ER aircraft.

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