Emirates is trying to limit layoffs by offering workers unpaid leave, and it reveals a weakness in the company’s unusual business model

Emirates will offer four months of unpaid leave to pilots and flight attendants, part of an apparent effort to delay or avoid further layoffs.The Dubai-based airline has seen demand for international travel collapse during the coronavirus pandemic.In an interview with Business Insider, Emirates president Tim Clark described the logistical challenges of downsizing a workforce like…

Emirates is trying to limit layoffs by offering workers unpaid leave, and it reveals a weakness in the company’s unusual business model

Emirates will offer four months of unpaid leave to pilots and flight attendants, part of an apparent effort to delay or avoid further layoffs.The Dubai-based airline has seen demand for international travel collapse during the coronavirus pandemic.In an interview with Business Insider, Emirates president Tim Clark described the logistical challenges of downsizing a workforce like Emirates, which mostly consists of ex-pats.Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Emirates plans to offer up to four months of unpaid leave to pilots and flight attendants as the coronavirus pandemic continues to decimate the demand for international air travel.The leave offers, first reported by Reuters, come after the airline cut thousands of jobs and reduced salaries in June and July. According to Reuters, the eligible employees would take four months off between August and November, and would still receive benefits, including lodging.Emirates has been among the airlines hit the hardest by the coronavirus pandemic. Although airlines around the world have seen modest demand increases for domestic and, in some cases, regional travel, most long-haul travel remains
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