Emirates Warns Of UK Workforce Reduction - Simple Flying


Emirates warned yesterday that it might have to cut almost 600 jobs in the UK as it struggles with extremely subdued passenger demand. The latest blow to the workforce follows an announcement by the president of Emirates in July that up to 9,000 of its 60,000 jobs could be lost because of the global pandemic.

Emirates Airbus A380
Emirates may need to lay off up o 600 people in the UK. Photo: Emirates

More jobs could go at Emirates

Emirates has warned the almost 600 strong UK-based workforce that it has to consider reducing the number of its UK staff. In an internal memo to staff seen by The Telegraph, the airline says that travel restrictions, border controls, and quarantine measures have caused a slump in demand for air travel. The staff email says,

“We have to reduce the scale of the operation in order to protect our cash flow and safeguard our business, to ensure that we have a viable future.”

In July, the president of Emirates, Sir Tim Clark, said in an interview with the BBC that the airline was set to ax up to 9,000 jobs as it struggled to cope with the fallout from the global pandemic. At the time, the United Arab Emirates flag carrier had already cut its staff by a tenth but said that more would have to be let go, probably up to 15%.

Last month, as Emirates continued its program of redundancies, the airline also asked cabin crew to take unpaid leave. A memo said that, due to its anticipated staffing needs, crew