Emirates is the latest carrier to confirm job cuts in the face of the coronavirus crisis.

The largest carrier in the Middle East is to start laying off staff, although the extent of the losses has not been disclosed.

A previous report suggested up to 30,000 jobs could be at risk across the Emirates Group, representing a third of the Dubai-based airline, aviation services and travel group’s 105,000 staff.

A review of the Dubai-based carrier’s business operations has concluded that redundancies are necessary, according to the Financial Times.

Tens of thousands of jobs are being shed by airlines worldwide in response to the Covid-19 downturn, including British Airways, easyJet, Virgin Atlantic, Ryanair and American Airlines.

An Emirates spokesperson said: “During these difficult times, and although we have slowly started our return to the skies by keeping in line with the safety measures.

“The current pandemic has impacted many industries around the world and although we have endeavoured to sustain the current family as is, we reviewed all possible scenarios in order to sustain our business operations, but have come to the conclusion that we unfortunately have to say goodbye to a few of the wonderful people that worked with us.

“We continuously are reassessing the situation and will have to adapt to this transitional period.

“We do not view this lightly, and the company is doing everything possible to protect jobs wherever we can.

“Where we are forced to take tough decisions we will treat people with fairness and respect.  We will work with impacted employees to ensure they are looked after and taken care of with necessary means.”