Emirates has been making numerous changes in its workforce amid the pandemic. It started cutting out its employees on 31st May to stave off a cash crunch that COVID-19 is causing.
However, this is leaving a great impact as people are losing their jobs having nothing to depend on. These airlines have also reduced the salaries of remaining employees by 50% until September, hoping to improve their cash flow.
With the aviation industry facing a financial crisis, its losses are tremendously increasing. Statistics from the International Air travel Board reveal that the industry is headed for $84bn loss in 2020 with an unchanging situation.
The Dubai Emirates, one of the biggest long-distance travelers has sucked hundreds of pilots and thousands of cabin crew. This is one of the biggest layouts amongst any airlines so far. Similarly,4300 Boeing777 and 400 AirbusA380 pilots and 22000 cabin crews are currently jobless.
Sources reveal that these changes will continue for quite some time. Even so, the airline spokesman states that it was never their intention to suck workers. However, to sustain their business they have to lay off part of their employees.
“Given the significant impact that the pandemic has had on our business, we simply cannot sustain excess resources and have the right size of the workforce in line within our reduced operations,” said an Emirates spokesperson.
“After reviewing all scenarios and options we deeply regret that we have to let some of our people go.”
Tim Clark, the chief executive of the airline believes that despite the job losses, the industry will return to normality soon. Hence, they will reinstate their workforce as hopefully by then Emirates will be able to fly its entire fleet.
“I’m not saying people have got short memories but they are anxious to get on with their lives, they’re anxious to enjoy their lives and they all have aspirations. They may be conditioned by difficulties of furloughs and not having enough money from salaries etc. That’s going to dampen demand in the short-term, but after that, once we’re well into 2021, then I think things will change.”
Despite the sudden changes, Emirates has resumed its operations in 30 destinations.