09 June 2020, Tuesday 14:29:19

Emirates sacks 600 pilots in a day

Emirates, the state-owned Dubai-based airline, fired 600 pilots, including some from India, on June 9 in what is being seen as one of the largest layoffs in the airline industry.

Emirates, the state-owned Dubai-based airline, fired 600 pilots, including some from India, on June 9 in what is being seen as one of the largest layoffs in the airline industry.

The Indian pilots had recently joined the airline from IndiGo, the country's largest carrier.

Emirates started the process of firing thousands of workers to help the world’s largest long-haul carrier preserve cash during the industry’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, according to people familiar with the matter.

The majority of those being retrenched are cabin-crew members, said the people, who asked not to be identified due to the sensitivity of the matter. A minority of the carrier’s 3,000 engineers are also losing their jobs, they said, alongside pilots who mainly flew the super-jumbo Airbus SE A380.

Emirates announced plans to cut jobs last week, without giving specific numbers, and a spokeswoman reiterated that position on Tuesday. Emirates Group, which includes air-services firm Dnata, could over time reduce its number of employees by some 30,000, or almost a third of its total.

The latest round of firing takes to 792 the number of pilots who have been sacked by Emirates, one of the world's biggest long-haul airlines.

Emirates sacks 600 pilots in a day

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