Dubai's Emirates airline to layoff staff, reports Bloomberg

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Emirates is set to undergo staff layoffs across departments, from senior cabin crew to the support department workforce including administration and IT, after almost half a decade of rapid growth, reports Bloomberg.  

However, Bloomberg reports that Emirates said there is no company-wide programme to reduce headcount and that “there is no change in staff turnover rates in the past weeks.”

In an email exchange with, an Emirates spokesperson said:  “There is no change in staff turnover rates in the past weeks, and no program to reduce headcount. We continuously review all areas of our operations as part of good business practice, including department structures and roles. This is no different from previous years. Recruitment has slowed down as we streamline our operations, introduce new technologies, and find ways to better deploy existing resources internally. However, we continue to hire for critical roles.”

According to the Emirates website, the company employs over 103,000 staff.

Dubai Media Office tweeted a Gulf News story saying that Emirates continues to hire employees.

Gulf News: #Emirates Airline continues to hire new employees and has no immediate plans of cutting back on its existing workforce

— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) July 11, 2017

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