It’s been a rollercoaster ride for most airline employees over the last year or so, but finally there seems to be some good news.
Dubai’s leading airline, Emirates, will be reinstating a number of facilities which were offered to its employees prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Salaries will be increased and concessional tickets will be introduced, as the aviation sector recovers.
Letter to Emirates Employees
Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and CEO of Emirates, sent a letter to employees, thanking them for standing with the company during the tough times.
In addition to the increases, he announced an accommodation allowance for married couples as well as increasing annual leave entitlements which will address the cuts made back in October 2020.
In the letter, Sheikh Ahmed said:
“We will introduce the option to nominate five friends who can receive concessional tickets in Economy Class. We will better recognise our internal talent by increasing the salary increment opportunity on promotion for core grades.”
These amendments will take place from 1 October 2021.
Measures taken to offset impact of the pandemic
Due to the Covid-19 outbreak which started in the beginning of 2020, Emirates airline took various actions to offset the impact of the pandemic following the drastic drop in air travel.
These measures included reduction of staff and reductions in salaries and perks to reduce cost and save cash. However, as cash flow improves and the travel industry recovers, airlines are picking up in terms of travel frequencies. This is great news for airlines and its staff as it allows for the reinstatement of perks and facilities offered to employees prior to the pandemic.
In the letter to employees, Sheikh Ahmed added:
“I would like to thank you all for standing together and with the company during these difficult times. You accepted the difficult working conditions, including cuts to pay and benefits, and you have demonstrated your loyalty,” also noting that the industry is “still being far away from full recovery”.