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Emirates resumes layoffs, fires 800 pilots in a day

The airline had paused the layoff exercise in June

July 09, 2020 / 07:57 AM IST

Resuming mass layoffs after a lull in June, Emirates has fired 800 pilots on July 8, sources told Moneycontrol.

A senior executive from the industry said, 560 pilots laid-off were on the airline's A380 fleet and 240 on its B777 planes.

Another executive added that many Indian pilots have also lost their jobs. "Nearly all Indians have lost jobs. Very few remain," said the executive. Another person added, "Even senior pilots with 12-15 years in the company have been laid off."

Moneycontrol has written to the airline. This story will be updated post the airline's response.

In the first round of the exercise, the Dubai-based airline had laid off 600 pilots in a day, which in itself was among the largest such exercise in the global aviation industry. Nearly all airlines globally, have been forced to either lay off employees, or cut pays. Many have been sent on leave without pay.


Emirates had begun trimming its workforce on May 31 when it had sacked 180 pilots.

Later in June, the airline had brought to halt its layoff exercise. 

While it was not clear why the airline has decided on put a pause on the terminations, the development came even as news emerged of a few employees committing suicide.

In total, the airline had planned to reduce its workforce by 30 percent, which is roughly 30,000 people.


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Prince Mathews Thomas heads the corporate bureau of Moneycontrol. He has been covering the business world for 16 years, having worked in The Hindu Business Line, Forbes India, Dow Jones Newswires, The Economic Times, Business Standard and The Week. A Chevening scholar, Prince has also authored The Consolidators, a book on second generation entrepreneurs.
first published: Jul 8, 2020 07:39 pm
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