Emirates has announced that it will resume flight operations to six cities but the news came with a sad one as the carrier hinted on the possibility of another layoff of workers. The Chief Commercial Officer Adnan Kazim said:
“ we’ve seen an uptick in customer interest and demand since the announcement of Dubai’s re-opening, and also with the increased travel options that we offer as we gradually re-establish our network connectivity. We will continue to work closely with all stakeholders to resume flight operations while ensuring that all necessary measures to safeguard the health and safety of our customers and employees are in place.”
The carrier will resume its flight operations to six cities in the coming weeks starting with:
- Geneva on July 15, 2020
- Los Angeles on July 22, 2020
- Dar es Salaam on August 1, 2020
- Prague and Sao Paulo on August 2, 2020
- Boston on August 15, 2020
According to Emirates, with these flight resumptions, their network will include 58 cities by the middle of August. Despite the announcement of flights returning to these cities, it appears the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has not yet fully loosened its grip.
This marks the third wave of layoffs for the carrier since May. In May, 180 pilots undergoing A380 training were laid off along with 400 trainee cabin crew. Then in June, it was reported that the carrier let go of 600 pilots and 6,500 cabin crew. Emirates has not confirmed the number of layoffs in this latest wave, but it appears that about 800 pilots were let go most of whom operate the Airbus A380. Given that Emirates grounded its A380 fleet, this should come as no surprise. It also appears that the layoffs include cabin crew, engineers, and ground staff.
Additional information from airlinegeeks.com