The coronavirus lockdown has resulted in about 600 pilots of the state airline of the city of Dubai, Emirates getting fired on Tuesday, reports MentourPilot.
The latest round of layoffs took the overall toll of pilots being sacked by Emirates to 792, including the layoffs which were seen earlier in the year, since March 2020.
Several airlines had announced layoffs and salary cuts in the recent months.
The pilots sacked on Tuesday were first officers, under training for type-rating on the Airbus A380 aircraft. Most of them were on probation, as sources stated.
While the notice period for pilots on probation was 7 days, Emirates was extending this to 14 days, as a ‘gesture of goodwill.’
The company stated that the sacked pilots will continue to receive their company benefits till June 23, 2020. Furthermore, if any of them were unable to repatriate because of travel restrictions, Emirates shall also be extending their visa till the last day of their service.
The company had also said that they shall work with the impacted employees so as to provide them with possible financial support in these afflicting times.
Earlier, various reports had also stated that the Emirates had plans to reduce its workforce by around 30 per cent, which corresponded to about 25,000 employees.
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