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23 Mar

Emirates Temporarily Suspends Most Passenger Operations By 25 March, Retains Cargo Operations, Cuts Salaries

Passengers flights have been put on hold on Emirates Airlines.  Announced on Sunday, March 22, the is also temporarily closing operations in some international locations where demand is low.  It is also reducing salaries for the majority of its employees as a response to the low demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The airline said that it has aimed to maintain passenger flights for as long as feasible to help travelers return home due to an increasing number of travel bans, restrictions, and country lockdowns across the world. It continues to maintain vital international air cargo links for economies and communities, deploying its fleet of 777 freighters for the transport of essential goods including medical supplies across the world.

“The world has literally gone into quarantine due to the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, CEO Emirates. “This is an unprecedented crisis situation in terms of breadth and scale: geographically, as well as from a health, social, and economic standpoint. Until January 2020, the Emirates Group was doing well against our current financial year targets. But COVID-19 has brought all that to a sudden and painful halt over the past 6 weeks.”

Having received requests from governments and customers to support the repatriation of travelers, Emirates will continue to operate passenger and cargo flights to the following countries and territories until further notice, as long as borders remain open, and there is demand: the UK, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Australia, South Africa, USA, and Canada. The situation remains dynamic, and travelers can check flight status on emirates.com.

The Emirates Group will be reducing expenses, including a temporary reduction of basic salary for the majority of Emirates Group employees for three months, ranging from 25% to 50%. Employees will continue to be paid their other allowances during this time. Junior level employees will be exempt from basic salary reduction.  Presidents of Emirates – Sir Tim Clark and Gary Chapman – will take a 100% basic salary cut for three months

Over the past weeks, the airline has also implemented enhanced cleaning and disinfecting measures on all of its aircraft departing Dubai as a precaution and worked closely with airports to implement screening measures as required by the local authorities.

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