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Emirates Airline restores employee benefits and perks

19 August 2021

As the aviation sector begins to recover from the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, Dubai’s flagship airline, Emirates Airline, plans to continue with several facilities that were earlier being offered to employees prior to the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic, which include increasing employee salaries, and offering concessional tickets.

The company, in its letter to the employees thanked them for standing by the company during the tough times, and announced reinstating of accommodation allowance for married couples and increasing annual leave entitlements to reverse the cuts made in October 2020.

The Chairman and CEO of Emirates Airline Group, Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said “We will introduce the option to nominate five friends who can receive concessional tickets in Economy Class. We will better recognize our internal talent by increasing the salary increment opportunity on promotion for core grades.”

The new changes will get effective from 1st October 2021.

With the outbreak of Covid-19 last year, Emirates airline enforced several measures including reducing staff, salaries and perks as a cost-cutting measure to offset the impact of the pandemic due to a deep decline in air travel. 

However, the travel industry is now gradually recovering, and cash flow has improved. Emirates and other airlines are increasing frequencies and are reinstating perks and facilities offered to employees before th pandemic.

"In the last few weeks and months, and thanks largely to the global vaccination drive and the efforts of our leaders here in the UAE, we have seen an increasingly clear path to recovery opening up. Our iconic aircraft are reuniting people in more and more destinations around the world, and other airlines are once again landing at DXB (Dubai International airport). There is a distinct air of positivity and ‘getting back to normal," Sheikh Ahmed said.

He thanked all the employees for standing together with the company during the difficult times, and for having accepted the difficult working conditions including reduced pay and perks, and for having demonstrated their loyalty. He, however, pointed out that the airline is still far away from a complete recovery.

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries.

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