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Emirates Lays off 600 Pilots, Including Indians, in One of the Largest Firings in Aviation Industry

A file photo of an Emirates Airlines plane. (Photo: AFP)

A file photo of an Emirates Airlines plane. (Photo: AFP)

The latest round of firing brings the total number of laid-off employees to 792 from one of the world’s largest long-haul airlines - Emirates.

Dubai state-owned airline, Emirates has fired 600 pilots including a few Indians. The company on June 9 proceeded with what is being seen as one of the largest layoffs in the aviation industry.

The latest round of firing brings the total number to 792 from one of the world’s largest long-haul airlines. In its earlier round of firing, the company said “Emirates airline said on Sunday it had made some staff redundant due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, with two company sources saying trainee pilots and cabin crew had been affected, as reported by Moneycontrol.

"We reviewed all possible scenarios in order to sustain our business operations, but have come to the conclusion that we, unfortunately, have to say goodbye to a few of the wonderful people that worked with us," a spokeswoman said.

"The company is doing everything possible to protect the workforce wherever we can," she added. The state-owned airline, which has around 60,000 employees and is part of the Emirates Group, did not say how many staff had been affected by the job cuts.

Emirates said on May 10 that a Dubai government commitment to provide it with "equity injections" would allow it to preserve its skilled workforce.

Emirates Group's airport services subsidiary dnata has also laid off some staff and placed thousands of others on unpaid leave.

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