Emirates airline lays off trainee pilots, cabin crew

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Dubai (Reuters): Emirates airline said on Sunday it had made some staff redundant due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, with two company sources saying trainee pilots and cabin crew had been affected.

“We reviewed all possible scenarios in order to sustain our business operations, but have come to the conclusion that we unfortunately have to say goodbye to a few of the wonderful people that worked with us,” a spokeswoman said. “The company is doing everything possible to protect the workforce wherever we can,” she added.

The State-owned airline, which has around 60,000 employees and is part of the Emirates Group, did not say how many staff had been affected by the job cuts.

Emirates said on 10 May that a Dubai government commitment to provide it with “equity injections” would allow it to preserve its skilled workforce.

Emirates Group’s airport services subsidiary dnata has also laid off some staff and placed thousands of others on unpaid leave.