Dubai based Emirates airline has offered 12 months unpaid leave for some of its pilots as the pandemic continues for some airlines around the world.
The airline is working on various initiatives such as unpaid leave and flexible working time models to retain its talent pool.
“We can confirm that we have offered some pilots unpaid leave for 12 months, with the possibility of early return of service depending on how quickly the request bounces back and our operational requirements.
During the unpaid leave, the company will continue to provide housing and coverage,” a company spokesperson said in a statement. Medical and other allowances. "
In June, Emirates began laying off staff to reduce cost and save cash as the carrier was looking to correct its workforce in the wake of ground planes due to the pandemic. The airline employed nearly 60,000 people at the end of its 2019-20 fiscal year.
The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has projected that total industry revenue in 2021 will decrease by 46 percent compared to the 2019 figure of $ 838 billion. It expects traffic for the full year of 2020 to decrease by 66 percent compared to 2019, with demand in December decreasing by 68 percent.
Emirates Airlines said on Wednesday it continues to do everything it can to protect its talent pool for the post-pandemic business recovery. "But we also need to look at the impact of the current situation on our operations and our cost base. Across the group, we are implementing various offers including unpaid leave and more flexible working models," the statement said.