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Emirates is planning to cut thousands of jobs to manage cash crunch caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Dubai based Emirates says “Given the significant impact that the pandemic has had on our business, we simply cannot sustain excess resources and have to right-size our workforce in line with our reduced operations.”
The layoffs would affect around 600 pilots and nearly 7,000 cabin crew.
Mostly Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 pilots are expected to be affected in the first round of layoffs.
Emirates expect it would take at least 18 months for travel demand to return to “a semblance of normality”, despite reporting bumper pre-coronavirus pandemic profits.
As of Tuesday, Emirates is offering flight bookings to 30 destinations including London, New York, Kabul, Hong Kong and Sydney, and the list is expected to be expanded in the coming days.