Dubai-based carrier Emirates Airline is asking its pilots and crew to take unpaid or paid leave as travel bans and restrictions reduce operations.
Reported by sister publication Arabian Business, an email sent to the airline’s workforce said: “You are strongly encouraged to make use of this opportunity to volunteer for additional paid and unpaid leave.” Additionally there was a second email saying cabin crew in particular are being encouraged to take leave.
As of last year, the airline had more than 21,000 cabin crew and 4,000 staff. Like many companies in the sector, Emirates has announced a list of destinations it is either no longer flying to, or reducing operations.
At the time of writing, the Dubai-based carrier has announced 35 flight route changes across the globe, including an operational freeze on flights to Riyadh until March 31.
International Air Transport Association (IATA) has suggested that the industry could need as much as $200 billion to save airlines from collapse.