The President of Middle Eastern airline Emirates has announced the global carrier is expected to cut around 9,000 jobs due to the economic fallout caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The airline had already cut a tenth of its staff, and “will probably have to let go of a few more, probably up to 15 per cent,” said President Sir Tim Clark.
Prior to the crisis, Emirates had around 60,000 staff. The BBC reports that at least 700 of the airline’s 4,500 pilots were made redundant this week alone, while thousands of cabin crew have also been let go.
Pilots who fly Airbus A380 carriers are being laid off in larger numbers compared to those who fly Boeing aircraft, as the latter aircraft reportedly make more business sense during this period of reduced air travel. The A380 is the largest commercial carrier in the world, with a capacity of over 500 passengers.
The airline industry was among the hardest hit after several countries across the globe issued travel bans and closed borders, bringing the sector to a halt.