Emirates extends salary cuts through September

Emirates' wage cuts were supposed to end this month

Airline told its employees that it would extend the three-month wage cut
Airline told its employees that it would extend the three-month wage cut

Emirates has extended 50 percent salary cuts until September, according to an internal memo seen by Arabian Business.

On Sunday, the airline told its employees that it would extend a three-month wage cut – which was due to end in June – until September 30.

In some cases, pay cuts will be deepened, with some basic salaries slashed by 50%.

“We continue to navigate the impact of COVID-19 on our business and are reviewing all possible options to preserve our cash position,” the memo said.

The letter stated that the decision was taken only after reviewing other possible options to preserve its cash position.

When contacted by Arabian Business, Emirates confirmed the move, although it did not offer any further comment.

Last week, Emirates Group said it would have to cut jobs to further reduce costs to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Similarly, Abu Dhabi’s Etihad has extended salary cuts until September, with a 25% reduction for cabin crew and junior staff members and 50% cuts for those in managerial positions.

“Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on the travel industry, Etihad is continuing to consider all options to protect jobs and preserve cash at this challenging time,” an Etihad aviation group spokesperson told Arabian Business.

“Regretfully, Etihad has extended its salary reduction until September 2020, with 25% reduction for junior staff and cabin crew, and 50% for employees at manager level and above,” the spokesperson added. “Housing allowance and a number of benefits continue to be paid.”

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