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Emirates, UAE’s flag carrier offered some of its pilots unpaid leave for 12 months as COVID-19 continues to affect the air travel.
“We can confirm that we’ve offered some of our pilots unpaid leave for 12 months, with the possibility of an early recall back to duty depending on how quickly demand rebounds and our operational requirements,” … “During unpaid leave, the company will continue to provide accommodation, medical cover and other allowances. We decline to comment on further details.” an airline spokesperson said on Wednesday.
Most pilots working at Emirates Airlines are foreigners, and they do not qualify to get United Arab Emirates benefits.
The airline offered to provide accommodation, medical cover and other allowances to those on unpaid leave for 12 months.
“We continue to do all we can to protect our talent pool for post-pandemic business recovery, but we also need to consider the impact of the current situation on our operations and cost base..” said the airline
Emirates group has cut thousands of jobs this year, almost 600 in the UK alone and grounded many aircraft including 100 Airbus A380s as a result of the pandemic.
Before the crisis hit, Emirates employed some 60,000 staff, including 4,300 pilots and nearly 22,000 cabin crew, according to its annual report.