An international news agency has reported earlier that Dubai’s largest airline company Emirates has sacked a large number of pilots under the latest round of layoffs.
In a July 9 CNBC TV 18 report, around ‘700 to 800’ pilots have been recently sacked by the airline company. The figures, according to the report, was learned by them.
“The airline has confirmed the fresh layoffs, without confirming the number, and has blamed Covid-19 for taking such a step as it is operating a ‘significantly’ reduced network despite the resumption of flights,” the report noted.
The news agency stated that in June, around 600 pilots have been terminated. It claimed that the fresh layoffs include Indian pilots as well as comprises both A380 and B777 segments.
“We can confirm that we are still in the process of implementing the redundancy exercise across our group, as previously communicated. While we have slowly restarted operations wherever it is safe and commercially viable, our footprint today is significantly smaller than before and it will take a while for us to recover to pre-pandemic levels. Like other airlines and travel companies, COVID-19 has hit us hard, and as a responsible business, we simply must right-size our workforce in line with our reduced operational requirements,” the airline’s spokesperson told CNBC-TV18 in a response to a query.
Meanwhile, in a separate article by Money Control published on the same day, it quoted ‘sources’ that Emirates has fired 800 pilots on July 8.