The Emirates airline of Dubai, the biggest in the Middle East, announced on Sunday to have the intention to make job cuts because of the pandemic of COVID-19, but without specifying the magnitude.
“We looked at all the possible scenarios in order to maintain our business operations, but we came to the conclusion that we must unfortunately say goodbye to some wonderful people who have worked for us”, said in a statement the company, which employs about 100,000 people.
Emirates, which operates a fleet of 270 wide-body aircraft, announced in march a temporary reduction of 25% to 50% of the base salaries of most of its employees after having nailed to the ground its fleet.
“The current pandemic has had an impact on many industries in the world”, underlined Emirates in its press release.
“We are continually re-assessing the situation and we will have to adapt to this transition period,” added the company.
Emirates said on 10 may that it would take at least 18 months for the request to travel back to “normalcy”, even after state benefits outstanding prior to the pandemic.
The carrier had suspended its flights on march 22, before resuming some services two weeks later.
Last week, it started to provide regular services, but partial, to a number of airports, for most westerners.
The international air transport Association (IATA) has predicted in April that the air traffic in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region would fall by more than half this year.
She stated that the revenue of the airlines Mena will be reduced from 24.5 billion dollars in 2020 compared to the last year, and has warned that the reduction of activity in the region would threaten the roughly 1.2 million jobs.
On Thursday, the airline’s public Kuwait Kuwait Airways has announced the layoff of 1500 employees, expatriates, who represent a quarter of its workforce.
Before the pandemic is crippling the aviation industry, Emirates, which carried 56 million passengers in 2019, had reduced orders of tens of billions of dollars to Airbus and Boeing.
The air transport industry has played a key role to make Dubai a global hub of tourism and transportation.
The Dubai government said in April that it would bring new capital into the Emirates to help the company cope with the impact of the epidemic.