Corona virus in the UAE: Emirates Airline to Suspend ALL Passenger Flights by March 25

Corona virus in the UAE: Emirates Airline to Suspend ALL Passenger Flights by March 25

The airlines announce its decision to cut down operations due to the crises caused by Corona virus pandemic

Emirates airlines, one of the world’s largest carriers, announced on Sunday that it was suspending all the passenger flights starting from March 25. In a statement, the airlines declared that it could not operate its services amidst the crises caused by the Corona virus outbreak.

Ever since the pandemic took on gigantic proportions the world over, city after city have been shutting its borders and going under lockdown. The epicenter is Europe with some of the busiest airports and cities opting to shut their operations and people’s movements being restricted to contain the spread of the virus. Emirates termed its move as ‘painful but pragmatic’ and said it had taken the decision to save jobs and avoid cuts. However, the SkyCargo operations will continue, it said.

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The most important takeaways from the announcement are as follows:
• All passenger flights to be stopped from March 25 onwards.
• Temporary reduction in basic salary to be implemented for its employees for three months. The salary cuts range from 25 per cent to 50 per cent.
• All discretionary expenditure to be postponed or cancelled.
• There will be a freeze on all non-essential recruitment and consultancy work.
• Ways will be found to work with suppliers to find cost savings and efficiency
• Employees will continue to be paid their other allowances during this time. Junior level employees will be exempt from basic salary reduction
• The Presidents of Emirates and DNATA – Tim Clark and Gary Chapman – will be taking a 100 per cent basic salary cut for three months.
The Emirates Group Chairman and CEO Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al-Maktoum said in a statement that was released, “By Wednesday 25 March, although we will still operate cargo flights which remain busy, Emirates will have temporarily suspended all its passenger operations. We continue to watch the situation closely, and as soon as things allow, we will reinstate our services.”

"As a global network airline, we find ourselves in a situation where we cannot viably operate passenger services until countries re-open their borders, and travel confidence returns." Emirates Group has a strong balance sheet, and substantial cash liquidity, and we can, and will, with appropriate and timely action, survive through a prolonged period of reduced flight schedules, so that we are adequately prepared for the return to normality.”

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