A spokeswoman for the company said today, Wednesday: “We can confirm that we have offered some pilots an unpaid leave for 12 months, with the possibility of an early call-up, according to the speed of recovery of demand and operational needs.”
The spokeswoman added that the company will continue to provide accommodation, medical coverage and other benefits for those who take unpaid leave.
Most of Emirates employees are foreigners, meaning they are not entitled to the benefits that the government offers to UAE citizens.
Emirates Airlines has laid off thousands of workers this year, including pilots and cabin crews, and has also reduced wages and required some to take unpaid leave.
The aviation industry is facing the worst crisis after the outbreak of the pandemic, which stopped most flights, and forced airlines around the world to lay off many workers.
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