EK Expects Full-Schedule Ops in mid-2021 and Reinstates Basic Salaries

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Come October 1, Emirates will restore basic salaries ‘across board.’ The middle-eastern carrier was one of the first to initiate one of the largest firings in aviation history sacking several hundred pilots, including several Indian’s at one go.

Moneycontrol.com reported that Emirates Chairman and Chief Executive Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum recently wrote to the employees informing the decision. “You will be relieved to know that from October 1, we are reinstating full basic salaries across the board,” he said.

At the same time, he added: “This does not mean we are out of the woods – there are many challenges ahead in an environment of considerable uncertainty, and we will need to respond accordingly and decisively.”

The website reported that the flag carrier of UAE had undertaken drastic steps to cut costs after the disruption caused by COVID-19. This included firing 800 pilots in a day, including 560 on the airline’s A380 fleet and 240 on its B777 planes. In total, the airline had planned to reduce its workforce by 30 percent, which is roughly 30,000 people, it reported.

The airline, by the end of March itself, had suspended nearly three-fourth of its network and had cut wages by half. Emirates has one of the biggest long haul operations in the global aviation industry.

Emirates in its latest estimate said that it expects to be back to its full schedule by the summer of 2021. The airline is expected to keep costs low. “For the remaining months of the year, our key focus is on restoring revenue and finding new revenue streams…we must continue to keep costs to the minimum,” the airline chairman and chief executive was quoted as saying.


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