Emirates Group is reportedly on the verge of putting up to 30,000 jobs at risk as the latest carrier to make job cuts due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
A third of the Dubai-based airline, aviation services and travel group’s 105,000 staff could go in a review of costs, according to Bloomberg News.
The long-haul carrier is also looking at speeding up the retirement of the Airbus A380 superjumbo.
Emirates said no public announcement about redundancies had been made and any such decision would be “communicated in an appropriate fashion”.
A spokesperson said: “Like any responsible business would do, our executive team has directed all departments to conduct a thorough review of costs and resourcing against business projections, even as we prepare for gradual service resumption.
“As our chairman has said, conserving cash, safeguarding our business, and preserving as much of our skilled workforce as possible, remain our top priorities through this period.”
The state-owned airline, which suspended regular passenger flights in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, had said that a recovery in travel was at least 18 months away.
If confirmed, the job cuts would be the deepest of any carrier following a planned layoff of 12,000 staff by British Airways and 3,000 each at Ryanair and Virgin Atlantic.