Coronavirus: Emirates set to ax 9,000 jobs, citing pandemic2 min read

By-Azra Rizvi

Sir Tim Clark, the President of Emirates said the Middle Eastern airline is set to cut as many as 9,000 jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It is the first time the world’s largest long-haul carrier has revealed how many jobs will be lost.

Emirates had 60,000 staff before the crisis.

It was stated by Sir Tim Clark that the airline had already cut a tenth of its staff, however, said that they would probably “have to let go of a few more, probably up to 15%.”

The international airline industry has been severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, with activity all but grinding to a stop.

Sir Tim said in an interview with the BBC that Emirates was “not as badly off as others”.

However, its present situation marks a steep turnaround in the fortunes of the airline, which he said before the pandemic was “heading for one of our best years ever”.

The job cuts sweeping the wider aviation industry are stimulating concern amongst Emirates staff that things might get worse.

The BBC reported that this week, at least 700 of the airline’s 4,500 pilots were given redundancy notices which means at least 1,200 have been told their jobs are going since the coronavirus crisis started.

The cuts have been concentrated on those who fly Airbus planes, rather than Boeing aircraft.

Superjumbo Airbus A380s flown by Emirates holds around 500 passengers. Whereas the Boeing 777s it flies hold fewer passengers and are hence easier to fill during this period of reduced airline travel.

Thousands of cabin crew have also been informed that they are no longer needed, the BBC reported.

It has been forecasted by the International Air Transport Association, which represents 290 airlines, that the world’s airlines will lose more than $84bn and one million jobs this year.

This week United Airlines which is one of the big three in the United States, warned its staff that it may have to cut 36,000 staff due to the huge fall in demand for air travel.

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