In response to the rapidly spreading coronavirus that has resulted in flight cancelations around the world, major international airline Emirates is asking staff to take unpaid leaves for up to one month.
Because of the Coronavirus outbreak, Emirates has canceled flights to Iran, Bahrain, most of China, as countries around the world have placed strict restrictions on foreigners’ entry.
As a result of flight cancelations to some destinations, the carrier has more resources than it needs Chief Operating Officer Adel al-Redha said in a statement Tuesday.
“Considering the availability of additional resources and the fact that many employees want to utilize their leave, we have provided our employees the option to avail leave or apply for voluntary unpaid leave for up to one month at a time,” he said.
The state-owned holding company Emirates Group, which includes the airline among its assets has told employees to consider taking paid and unpaid leave as it tries to handle a “measurable decline” in its business.
By the end of March 2019, the company has more than 100,000 employees, including over 21,000 cabin crew and 4,000 pilots, finishing its last financial year.
Big concerts and festivals have been canceled or delayed in the United Arab Emirates, an air transit center that encompasses tourism and industry hub Dubai, as the coronavirus spreads in the Mediterranean.
IATA, the largest global body in the airline industry on Monday urged governments in the Middle East to provide assistance to airlines while they attempt to handle the effects of the epidemic.