Emirates to freeze passenger operations, but cargo will still fly
THE Emirates group is suspending most passenger operations by March 25
THE Emirates group is suspending most passenger operations by March 25. However, it will continue to fly cargo, as well as operate passenger flights to the UK, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Japan, Singapore, Australia, South Africa, South Korea, the US and Canada.
In a related development, dnata has significantly reduced operations, including temporary closure of operations at some international locations where demand is low.
The airline has aimed to maintain passenger flights for as long as possible to help travellers return home amidst an increasing number of travel bans, restrictions and country lockdowns as the coronavirus continues to spread, reported Gulf News.
It continues to maintain vital international air cargo links, deploying its fleet of Boeing 777 freighters for the transport of essential goods, including medical supplies.
With many of its airline customers dramatically reducing flights or ceasing services altogether, dnata has also significantly reduced its operations, including temporarily shutting some offices across its international network.
The Emirates group is also implementing basic salary reductions for the majority of employees for three months, but it will not cut jobs.
'We want to avoid cutting jobs. When demand picks up again, we also want to be able to quickly ramp up and resume services for our customers' said Sheikh Ahmed.
'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,' added Sheikh Ahmed.