Emirates and Etihad airlines ask crew to take more unpaid leave – Reuters India

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FILE Photo: An Etihad aircraft stands parked at a gate at JFK Worldwide Airport in New York, U.S., March 21, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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DUBAI (Reuters) – Center East airlines Emirates and Etihad Airways have yet again questioned cabin crew to choose voluntary unpaid go away as they try to deal with the affect from the COVID-19 pandemic, in accordance to interior memos and sources familiar with the issue.

Aviation has been a single of the worst-strike industries all through the pandemic and Emirates and Etihad of the United Arab Emirates have reduce thousands of work opportunities, resources have said.

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In an internal memo, Emirates crew are told they can choose unpaid depart for among one particular and three months from Sept. one to Nov. 30 owing to envisioned staffing demands.

Emirates, which in July questioned pilots and crew to acquire 4 months of unpaid leave, also laid off some crew last week, two resources mentioned, continuing a redundancy process that started in July.

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An airline spokeswoman confirmed that unpaid leave had been provided but she declined to say how lots of crew had acknowledged. The spokeswoman did not address the layoffs.

In an Etihad internal memo, staff were being advised that the airline has extra crew than wanted and that many are not remaining rostered on flights, which is not sustainable for the small business.

Crew can get involving 10 days to 6 months of unpaid go away from Sept. sixteen, the electronic mail stated.

Etihad, which in March questioned crew to take unpaid depart, did not instantly respond to an emailed ask for for remark.

Emirates and Etihad have been resuming passenger products and services gradually considering that June after grounding flights in March. Etihad claimed a $758 million core functioning decline in the very first 50 % of the year. Emirates’ very first 50 % finishes Sept. 30.

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