Emirates Airlines confirmed saying all the emirates employees above grade 4 will face a 50% cut on their basic salary.
Starting April, Emirates reduced basic salaries for 3 months by 25% for the staff between 4 to 8 Grade and 50% salary was reduced from grade 9 and above.
According to Gulf News, Emirates employees spoke to them, the Emirates Airline has now announced 50% salary cuts for all employees from grades 4 and above until September. However, The Emirates Employee said the other benefits such as housing and utility remain unchanged.
The Emirates e-mail stated, “We continue to navigate the effect of COVID-19 on our business and are reviewing all possible options to preserve our cash position,”.
In the meantime, Etihad Airways also confirmed to Gulf News that it is extending salary cuts for employees until September.
Etihad Airways spokesperson said. “Due to the current effect of COVID-19 on the Airline industry, Etihad is continuing to consider all options to protect jobs and preserve cash at this challenging time. Regretfully, Etihad has extended its salary reduction until September 2020, with a 25% reduction for junior staff and cabin crew, and 50% for employees at the manager level and above. Housing allowance and a number of benefits continue to be paid,”
The global aviation industry has been hit badly by the Coronavirus lockdown restrictions which have brought air travel to a grinding halt. All major airlines globally have laid off employees, reduced their salaries, or sought state support in order to tide over this crisis.