Emirates recently announced that they will return to full salaries for all employees in October.
This was after the airline received AED 7.3 billion ($2bn) from the government as aid.
Many of Emirates employees confirmed receipt of their salary restoration notices from HR – which will be effective in the coming weeks.
Pay cuts were introduced in March since the airline had to halt all operations due to the pandemic.
Emirates To Start Giving Employees Full Pay
A spokesperson of the airline verified this to the local media outlet Arabian Business:
“We can confirm that Emirates will restore full salaries of our employees from next month.”
Due to international travel restrictions, the airline grounded all their planes for several weeks.
Even regional flights around the Gulf were also suspended.
The crown prince of Dubai earlier promised to help sustain the airline through the crisis.
Gradually, flight operations resumed but it may only be in the summer of 2021 for flight schedules to return to pre-COVID conditions.
However, restoration to full salary didn’t come without a cost.
There were deductions in allowances:
15% cut on live out allowance,
10% cut on transport allowance,
10% on education allowance for eligible grades.
Let’s not forget that they also had to lay off hundreds, if not thousands, of their staff recently.
Additionally, cabin crew were asked to take unpaid leave from September 1st until November 30th.
Therefore, back to 100% of salary may be uplifting news for the ones who survive the redundancies.
But you can’t overlook the fact that thousands were made redundant in the past several weeks and more may yet to follow.
We can only wait and hope for this crisis to pass and travel demand to return to normal so that 100% of the staff would get reinstated – and receive 100% salaries.
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